A GROUP of keen cyclists are trying to create a safe, sustainable cycle route through Westbury and Chapmanslade.
The route will run from Warminster to Frome and is being organised by ‘Connecting Chapmanslade’, a group of cycling enthusiasts from the village. The aim is to utilise existing rights of way and to create a passable, safe route for cyclists, avoiding dangerous roads wherever possible, including the busy A36 and A3098.
Their aim is to create routes away from the main roads that can be used by cyclists, walkers, joggers, wheelchairs, pushchairs, mobility scooters and families. Local councillors voiced support for the project following a presentation which was delivered at the Westbury Area Board meeting on Thursday 6th June.
Group member, Adam Oakley, presented the group’s plans and confirmed they intend to have discussions with Sustrans, Frome Missing Links, Mendip Council and others to garner further support.
Both councillors Gordon King and Russell Hawker were in attendance at the area board meeting and voiced support for the plans and encouraged the group to apply to the area board for funding should they need it. Support was also voiced by Westbury town councillor, Ian Cunningham, who was also present at the meeting.
If people want to keep updated on the group’s progress they can join their Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/connectingchapmanslade.
The group said, “We are just a group of enthusiastic dreamers. We need a feasibility study as a basis to get us started. To do this we need your support to take this forward. With your help we can make it happen and create a safe and sustainable route for us all.”
To contact the group email firstname.lastname@example.org.