Saddle up as council backs new ‘Wheel’ bike route
AMBITIOUS plans for a new “West Lancashire Wheel”, which would create a circular cycling route connecting Skelmersdale, Ormskirk, Burscough and Parbold, have been adopted by the local council.
West Lancashire Borough Council would make the scheme become a reality by delivering two of four planned linear parks (Skelmersdale to Ormskirk and Ormskirk to Burscough) and by adding to and improving existing cycling routes.
Two further linear parks are also planned as part of the strategy at Banks and along the River Douglas between Tarleton and Hesketh Bank.
The Green Infrastructure and Cycling Strategy aims to establish a highquality, accessible network of green infrastructure and cycling that links the borough’s major settlements and visitor attractions with one another.
Green infrastructure is the connected network of open spaces, green corridors and inland waterways around us that can deliver a wide range of benefits, including providing wildlife habitats, creating an attractive environment and giving opportunities for sustainable forms of travel including walking and cycling with associated health benefits.
A public consultation on the draft strategy took place earlier this year.
The responses were taken into account in making changes to produce the final published strategy.
The strategy contains a wide range of future projects and initiatives to be delivered over the coming years. The document will be used to guide planning decisions, allocate Community Infrastructure Levy monies towards projects and identify partners and other sources of funding to deliver schemes.
The blueprint will be updated as projects progress and new schemes are identified and added in.
West Lancs Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Planning, Cllr John Hodson, said: “The council would like to thank people and organisations for their comments upon the draft Green Infrastructure and Cycling Strategy.
“The strategy has now been finalised and is an exciting vision that will help the council deliver impressive projects over the coming years to improve the environment, enhance opportunities for recreation and provide further opportunities for travel other than by car.”
A copy of the adopted Green Infrastructure and Cycling Strategy can be found on the Council’s website www.westlancs. gov.uk/gicstrategy.
For further details, contact the Council’s Strategic Planning and Implementation Team by calling 01695 585 393 or by emailing localplan@westlancs. gov.uk