Published: 18/01/2011 08:00

Council scrapping cycle route due to lack of funds

Written byROB SMYTH

A COUNCILLOR has hit out after it was revealed a cycle route has been scrapped due to a lack of funding.

Councillor Julian Mott, opposition Labour Group leader on East Staffordshire Borough CouncilJulian Mott, who represents the Horninglow ward on East Staffordshire Borough Council, spoke out after plans to implement Route 14 — a network of cycle routes in Horninglow were scrapped by Staffordshire County Council.

The routes were due to be implemented during this year and next to provide safer routes for cyclists.

He said: “We have been told that despite years of planning there is just no money in this year’s budget for the proposed cycle routes in Horninglow.

“This is a big shame as this has been in the planning stages for a number of years.

“It would have linked up the two campuses of de Ferrers Academy, Burton’s Queen’s Hospital and in the end to National Cycle Route 54.

“This has been probably planned for the past four to five years and to hear that it won’t happen in the fifth year is disappointing.

“At the end of the day cycling is good for  people and it is also helps reduce traffic and congestion.

“It gets them out of cars and lessens the impact on the environment.

“It is also a healthy activity and is a great aid in the fight against obesity.

“Also without safe routes people will just not want to get on a bike.

“The cost of a cycle route is far less than the cost of new roads and even road repairs.

“Sadly Burton lags behind other towns in its provision for cyclists and we will press for cycle routes in Horninglow to be reinstated.” This revelation comes just days after the county council revealed that as part of ongoing improvement work in Burton the Eton Park cycle route linking the National Cycle Route 54 to the local routes in the town was completed in autumn last year.

The authority is also in the process of undertaking improvements on the National Cycle Route 54 in Stretton.

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