Bid to build on Grantham’s ‘great’ cycling network

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A bid has been launched to improve the cycle network in Grantham.

A meeting, led by Lincolnshire County Council in the Guildhall on Wednesday, asked various interested parties for their views on the network and how it could be improved.

A draft strategy, with the motto ‘More cycling, by more people, more of the time’, will be compiled to be ready for June to be presented to the government which will hopefully open up opportunities for funding.

The plan also aims to encourage people to cycle and walk to work and for health and rather than use transport.

Mark Heaton, highways manager at the county council, said: “We have achieved a great deal in Grantham and would like to build on that success. A lot of schemes in the previous strategy we have achieved.”

He added: “There is potentially a lot of money out there to go forward.

“Grantham is leading the way in Lincolnshire with its network cycling strategy.”

Among the issues brought up at the meeting were cycling provision for the new housing development at Spittlegate Heath and links from there into the centre of town.

While there are numerous cycling paths in Grantham, they do not pass through the centre of town and link up.

Other suggestions included better cycle access to the train station, ensuring cycle links to any new development on the former Grantham Church High School site and crossings for pedestrians and cyclists at the North Parade junction near Asda.

* Meanwhile, concerns over the future of the cycle park in Grantham have been put to rest by South Kesteven District Council.

Users of the St Catherine’s Road facility have voiced fears that once it is relocated to Avenue Road, to make way for the new cinema complex, services will be reduced, possibly scrapping showers, toilets and changing facilities currently provided.

But SKDC’s executive manager for property Neil Cucksey said “there is no intention to reduce or devalue the facilities,” adding that the retention of the cycle park is in keeping with the council’s ‘clean, green and healthy’ priority.