New cycle path to boost town trade

PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 August 2015

Budleigh mayor Courtney Richards officially opens the cycle path. Ref exb 2250-33-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Budleigh mayor Courtney Richards officially opens the cycle path. Ref exb 2250-33-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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Budleigh Salterton town centre could be set for an increase in visitors, thanks to the opening of a new, safer route into town for cyclists.

The combined cycle and footpath across The Green was officially opened this week.

Previously, cyclists arriving in town via the cycle path from Exmouth, which ends at Bear Lane, or residents from the north of the town, faced riding down Station Road, which is often busy with traffic and parked cars.

Now, however, they can come straight over The Green, before leaving their bikes at cycle racks outside the library – a far safer route.

Town mayor Councillor Courtney Richards said: “The new cycle track across The Green has provided a safer route into Budleigh Salterton for the increasing number of people who come to the town by bicycle, as well as enabling local cyclists to avoid the potential dangers of mixing with traffic on Station Road.

“Used sensibly by both pedestrians and cyclists alike, it will be of benefit to everyone who uses The Green as a way into the town centre.”

Tourism bosses are hopeful the new path will make a visit into the town centre more attractive for cyclists. A spokesman for Budleigh Tourist Information Centre said: “We are pleased the path is now open.

“As a branch of the national cycle path network, it will lead cyclists into town, where they can enjoy the delights Budleigh Salterton has to offer.”

The upgrade to the previous footpath cost £26,000, paid for by Section 106 contributions by housing developers, and allocated following a consultation run by East Devon District Council and Budleigh Salterton Town Council.

District council cabinet member for the environment Iain Chubb said: “This is the result of partnership working at its very best, with the councils working with residents to bring about the best outcome.

“As a council, we choose to involve the community in spending the money that comes from developers, whereas the vast majority of other local authorities don’t.

“It’s great that it is used to fund what the community really wants.”

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