The event, which will be held at The Kings School on Thursday 18 October, will aim to demonstrate the benefits of such schemes to the local economy and also to residents health.

The Tarka Trail in North Devon has given a huge boost to tourism in the area.

Organisers – Kings School teachers Jo Elliott and Jason Wood, myself and Cllr Roger Giles, are aiming to set up presentations from individuals who have been involved in creating similar schemes locally and at the end of the meeting will be asking for volunteers to join a committee who will work towards making the scheme a reality.

The task now is working on removing the blocks that have so far prevented the scheme from coming forward.  The key questions are who do we need to influence in order to get the scheme off the ground and how do we do that.

Funding will be a big piece of the jigsaw.

Kings School students are expected to present their own ideas for the project.

It is proposed that the cycleway follows the old railway track which met with Beeching’s axe in the 1970s and has been agreed in principle for many years.  The cycleway would start at Feniton, go through Ottery St Mary and Tipton and finish at Sidmouth. 

The meeting on Thursday 18 October will begin at 7pm in Kings School canteen.  It is expected to last for around an hour and a half. 

All are welcome!

Photograph:  Myself, Roger Giles and Jason Wood with Kings School students.