Plans to create a new 2.7km walking and cycling trail around Chew Valley Lake are set to take a step forward with a £1m investment from the West of England Combined Authority (WECA).
WECA has agreed to allocate £1,005,800 from its Investment Fund for Bath & North East Somerset Council to deliver the Chew Valley Recreational Trail. It is one of several schemes under a regional Green Infrastructure programme, to support the West of England Joint Green Infrastructure Strategy. Bristol Water, which owns the reservoir, has allocated funds and the council has secured a £506,685 Rural Development Programme for England grant.
The project would include:
- The construction of new 840m off-road shared use path between Woodford Lodge and Walley Lane.
- The realignment of the road over the dam which will widen the existing footway to provide a segregated cycle/pedestrian path and reduce the road width and speed improving road safety.
- The construction of a shared use path between the dam to the north and Hollowbrook Road including replacing an existing narrow footbridge (total length 1.5km).
- The proposed route surface is an all-weather route that would allow year-round use.
- Creating a trail that links to existing cycle and walking routes and is a safer route between communities with the reduction of traffic speeds on the dam.
Bath & North East Somerset Council’s joint cabinet members for Transport Services, Councillor Joanna Wright and Councillor Neil Butters, are being recommended to agree to change the provisional capital programme item for the Chew Valley Recreational Trail.
The Chew Valley has international designation status and is a Special Protection Area and Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The single member decision report says consultations have been carried out. As part of the project Sustrans organised Community Consultation in June 2018 and produced a consultation summary report July 2018 that showed 92% of respondents supported the scheme. The two reasons given for supporting the proposal were enabling access to lake and natural resource and enabling more active travel.
The cabinet members can make their decision on or after 30 January. Please click here for the full report.