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TOPIC: Barrowford to Colne cycleway?

Barrowford to Colne cycleway? 1 year 1 month ago #4147

From the Lancashire Evening Telegraph..............

A LONG-AWAITED cycleway between Barrowford and Colne is being advanced, councillors have been told.

Proposals for a shared-used path, funded by the Booth’s supermarket in Gisburn Road, Barrowford, has been in the offing since 2009, when £30,000 was set aside.

An idea was originally drafted, by Pendle Cycle Forum and Pendle Leisure Trust’s cycling and walking officer, to connect Park Hill Barn, home of Pendle Heritage Centre, to the towpath for the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Councillors have heard the designs, including signage and dropped kerbs, are in place, but there are land ownerships with a particular section, which county council estates officers are assisting with.

Letters will then be sent out to residents along Colne Road, inviting views, before plans for a designated cycleway are officially published.

Tricia Wilson, neighbourhood services manager, in a report to Barrowford and Western Parishes Committee, said: “The scheme is included in Pendle’s cycling legacy strategy and will create a safe circular route for cycling, connecting Barrowford to the canal towpath, which also forms Route 68 of the Sustrans National Cycle Network.

“It is a fantastic connection for people travelling by bike to access Booth’s and Booth’s cafe as they can use the footbridge directly across from Booth’s and pick up the cycle path in Barrowford Park up to Colne Road.”

Once the planning process for the supermarket had been undertaken, the £30,000 was actually handed over the planning authority in 2014 and must be spend by 2021, under current legislation.

If the cycleway is approved then a small amount of additional funding may be required to add the finishing touches to the anticipated route.

An approach might be made to the Barrowford or Colne area committees, if required.
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Barrowford to Colne cycleway? 1 year 1 month ago #4148

i'm a bit confused? There is a road (Colne Road) that links Colne and Barrowford. Is this link going to be a glorified pavement alongside this road? In which case, what are the "land ownership issues"?
Or does it cross the fields behind the new housing estate, which looks like a big detour.

I am all in favour of "safe routes", the danger from traffic is the number one deterrent which stops people cycling. The success of the guild wheel and other traffic free routes are testament of that so I won't criticise even a small stretch like this. Some people don't like cycling on canal paths - no names, no packdrill - but if they can link the canal path with the cake shop at Pendle Heritage centre, well, what's not to like?

Maybe this is a case of a short stretch of tarmac, heralded by a long stretch of words in the local rag
I am the voice of humility.... and don't you forget it!!
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