Sad­dle up as coun­cil backs new ‘Wheel’ bike route

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere -

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

Cllr John Hod­son said the strat­egy was ‘an ex­cit­ing vi­sion to de­liver im­pres­sive projects’

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