Government approves land swap for Beverley Westwood cycle path

Published: Tuesday 27th October 2015 by KCFM

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A £200,000 cycle track is going to be built along Beverley Westwood after the Environment Secretary approved a controversial land swap.

The decision allows East Riding Council to turn the former Fishwick Mill site into common land in exchange for plans to widen the existing footpath alongside the B1230 to create the cycle path.

Councillor Andy Burton, East Riding Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning, Highways and Transportation, says: “The council welcomes the planning inspector’s decision and will now begin the process of fine-tuning the scheme design, which already has approval, with key stakeholders before starting on site.

“The council is a keen advocate of cycling as both a leisure activity and as a sustainable form of transport.

“To this end, the authority is continuing to develop the cycling infrastructure of the East Riding with a focus on providing safe routes for cyclists.

“The B1230 is a heavily-used commuter route and the development of an off-road cycle route will ensure the safety of cyclists and in particular children attending the local schools.”

The council aims to start work on site in early 2016.

Kate Ashbrook is the general secretary at the Open Spaces Society, who opposed the plans. She says: “Commons are incredibly important and Beverley Westwood is a historic site and we should really respect and celebrate them and not use them for development.

“The land that the council has offered in exchange is land that is already open to the public for enjoyment. So we don’t believe that that is a fair exchange.”

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Published: Tuesday 27th October 2015 by KCFM

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