Funding brings cycle route a step closer

Andrew Gibb, Cllr Adam Zerny and Hannah Bartram with local youngsters. PNL-150303-101231001
Andrew Gibb, Cllr Adam Zerny and Hannah Bartram with local youngsters. PNL-150303-101231001

Cyclists have a reason to celebrate as a new cycle route linking two Chronicle Country towns moved a step closer.

Central Beds Council has granted £95,000 from its Green Infrastructure Fund to cover a section of the route linking Potton and Sandy.

The project began in 2009 with Potton’s Town Plan, which highlighted the community’s wish for cycle links with nearby towns.

Former chairman of the town plan and Potton Town Councillor, Geoff Emery, said that he was ‘delighted’ at the news.

Independent Central Beds councillor Adam Zerny, who backed the project, praised the actions of Potton Town Councillor Andrew Gibb and Hannah Bartram who runs the town’s Environment group.

He said: “Without the hard work put in by Andy and Hannah, this project wouldn’t have got this far.

“I’ll continue to support the group’s push for the final funding it needs”.

The latest funding will pay for the section of the route between the RSPB and the outskirts of Sandy.

The group has already received a grant from Potton Consolidated Charity towards the cost of the section between Potton and Deepdale and is seeking further funding from other sources to
complete the upgrade of existing paths and open new routes.

If you would like to help, you can contact the group via Potton Town Council.