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Push for cycle link on Ottery's disused railway line
Tuesday, 09 October 2012
CYCLEWAY campaigners are hoping for a full house and committee volunteers when they stage a meeting at The King's School in Ottery on Thursday, October 18th.
The idea of creating a cycleway on the disused railway line between Feniton and Sidmouth (via Ottery and Tipton) has been on the agenda for a number of years. A group of local people have called a public meeting and hope to create a formal committee to take the project forward.
District councillors Claire Wright and Roger Giles (both Independent) have joined forces with two teachers and students of The King's School.
The two councillors visited the school earlier this year to talk about local government and the role of councillors. Students at the school were involved in the recently completed skatepark project, and the idea of getting involved with another project emerged.
Councillor Wright said: "They were very keen for a new campaign to get behind, and decided the campaign for a cycleway was the one they wanted to support."
A group of students attended a town council meeting in July, and work has gone on behind the scenes since. When attending Ottery Town Council's October meeting, Councillor Giles announced: "A public meeting is to take place at The King's School at 7pm on Thursday, October 18th, in support of creating a cycleway on the disused railway line between Feniton and Sidmouth via Ottery and Tipton.
"This reflects the enthusiasm for the scheme amongst King's students."
Councillor Wright told Pulman's View: "We are looking to give people more information and set up a committee.
"Providing a cycleway has been talked about for so many years.
"We are hoping lots of people will come."
She added that the teachers involved are Jo Elliott and Jason Wood. Guest speakers at the meeting will include representatives of sustainable transport charity Sustrans and Culm Valley Cycle Trail. Anyone interested in getting involved with the project but unable to attend the meeting can contact Councillor Wright on 01404 812 531 or email@example.com
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