Work has started on a £650,000 project led by ourselves to boost cycling around Pleasley.
The funding is part of the Visit. Sleep. Cycle. Repeat initiative which identified Pleasley as a key hub for cycling and aims to develop the North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire region by promoting cycling alongside world-class heritage.
The initial phase will start on site at Pleasley Pit Country Park. In total three and a half miles of trails will be improved with £404,000 of funding from the Rural Development Programme for England.
The work is expected to be completed in Spring 2021 but works may extend into the summer depending on the impact of coronavirus and the weather.
Our Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Simon Spencer said:
“The works were originally planned to start in March 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic they had to be delayed. So we are delighted we can now start the first phase of these exciting plans.
“We believe these plans will unlock the fantastic potential the north east of our county has to be a tourist attraction for cycling holidays and weekend breaks.
“Since the coronavirus pandemic struck, there has been an increase in interest in cycling and getting active in nature, so this project gives a significant boost to an already fantastic local network of trails and countryside sites.”
A further three-quarters of a mile of improvements are currently being designed to improve the Skegby Trail, with £150,000 of funding from us.
Published: 01/10/2020 By: Radio Rewind Newsroom