• Otter Valley cycleway scheme continues to progress

    5th June 2013 | News | Claire
  • I spent a couple of hours meeting people at the Ottery cycleway stall at the Ottery Food and Drink Festival on Saturday and it was brilliant.  We were overwhelmed by the numbers of people coming over and expressing their support, wanting to know more and offering their help.  The public support for the scheme is massive. 

    The working group, of which myself and Cllr Roger Giles are members, continues to meet every four to eight weeks.

    Here’s the Herald story………………………………..
    http://www.midweekherald.co.uk/news/long_awaited_cycleway_plans_1_2223685 

    PLANS for a long-awaited cycleway linking Feniton, Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth could be in place by the end of 2013 – but an actual scheme is years away.

    The view was expressed when the Vision Group for Sidmouth’s (VGS) Futures Forum met with key players to hammer out where cycling projects are headed.

    The county’s sustainable transport officer, Zsolt Schuller, was welcomed to the meeting at the Anchor Inn.

    Mr Schuller, currently working on the Devon Cycling Strategy, said investment for cycling will continue until 2015.

    Peter Grainger, from Sustrans, confirmed that the national cycling group was working with the county on the Sidmouth to Feniton route – which would follow the old railway track – and hoped to have plans in place by the end of the year.

    Jo Elliot, of the Otter Trail – a group which has been working with Sustrans on the scheme – brought along students from The King’s School who have also been campaigning for the route.

    County councillor Stuart Hughes told the meeting: “We have already done some considerable work towards cycling schemes in and around Sidmouth, and the Sidmouth to Feniton route is one that I hope to see progress in the next tranche of schemes from 2015-17.”………………………………………..

    See more information on the proposed cycleway here – http://ottertrail.org/