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Mums campaign for cycle path between Elmswell and Woolpit

Mums Kate Beer, from Woolpit and Sally Quilton, from Elmswell, on the road between the two villages ANL-161115-142613001
Mums Kate Beer, from Woolpit and Sally Quilton, from Elmswell, on the road between the two villages ANL-161115-142613001

Two mums have joined a new campaign for a cycle path so their children can cycle to see each other.

A cycle path between the villages of Elmswell and Woolpit was originally given the go-ahead by Mid Suffolk District Council in 2008, after years of campaigning by villagers, parish and district councillors.

But a lack of funds meant the nearly mile-long path was never built.

Now villagers are reviving the cycle path bid.

Mum-of-three Sally Quilton, of Elmswell, and Kate Beer, of Woolpit, have joined the call-to-arms, as they say their children can’t cycle to visit each other.

“It’s just too dangerous to cycle between the two villages,” said Mrs Quilton.

“With three haulage companies in the area, plus the new DVSA inspection centre, there are just too many heavy lorries and too much fast traffic for our children to cycle to see each other.”

The original idea for the cycle path was first mooted as far back 1995.

“People drive too fast and don’t expect to see a cyclist,” added Mrs Beer.

“What’s needed is a cycle path, so our boys can get together.”

In 2008, the campaign then won support from the charity Sustrans, which works with communities and policy-makers to promote healthy, safer journeys, including cycling routes.

“The difficulties and dangers of cycling between the villages is often brought up in both villages and it’s such a shame the cycle path didn’t progress,” said district councillor for Elmswell and Norton, Sarah Mansel.

“People had also campaigned for the path for years so it would be easier for those in Elmswell to more easily get to the health centre and those in Woolpit to get to the train station without using their cars.

“With new housing developments in both villages, we want to make funds available through a mix of business donations, council grants and public fund-raising to complete the work, which we believe would be in the region of £1million.”

A spokesperson for Mid Suffolk District Council said a new proposal would first need to be submitted.

A spokesperson for Suffolk County Council said it had no objection in principle to a new proposal being put forward.


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