for new Burnham-On-Sea to Berrow cycle path given go-ahead
to build a new cycle route between Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea have
been given the formal go-ahead this week.
reported in March, the extension to the Brean Way cycle path
will see a new path introduced for pedestrians and cyclists between
Unity Farm and the Co-op in Berrow Road, including along Coast Road.
District Council has this week granted approval for the planning
application from Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited.
the decision is a key milestone for the group, it still needs to
get approvals from landowners along the route.
in Burnham and Berrow hope the extended route will attract more
cyclists into the area.
welcome the proposed extension of the cycle route," said a
Burnham Chamber of Trade spokesperson this week. "It will encourage
more visitors into our area as an additional attraction, leading
to more holidaymakers from Brean and Berrow visiting Burnham and
decision comes a year after the opening of the first section of
Way cycle path between Weston and Brean.
and Cycleroutes said: "The project will reconstruct and repair
the existing right of way to complete and overall route from Unity
Farm to the Co-op in Berrow Road."
has long been a demand for a traffic free route over this section
of busy road."
Parish Council have sought to create a path beside the Coast Road
for over 20 years."
750m section between Hurn Lane and Berrow Church has no footway
on either side, making this section of road all but impassable in
addition, the Coast Road is not particularly wide so equally there
is no safe place for cyclists, particularly families and holidaymakers."
and Cycleroutes worked with the local councils and landowners to
open up the Brean Down Way from Weston-Super-Mare to Brean. Following
this, local Councillors encouraged us to consider extending further
south to connect to Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea."
opportunities for making a good quality and attractive route along
this corridor are very limited. One can walk along the beach, and
even cycle, but there are no continuous public rights of way running
north or south, although there are 7 or 8 public paths running through
to the beach."
open land between the main roads is owned by just four parties,
Unity Farm, Sedgemoor District Council at Berrow Dunes, Berrow Parish
Council and the Burnham and Berrow Golf Club. A successful route
utterly depends upon the support and goodwill of these local landowners."
week's decision comes after 30 people attended a recent consultation
event in Berrow to see the plans where they gave mixed feedback
on the scheme, as we reported here.
map above shows the proposed route and work that's needed: 1 Unity
Farm section; 2. Through Berrow Dunes Nature Reserve to their car
park to avoid narrow footway on road past Roughlands; 3. Clear back
and widen existing footway as far as Hurn Lane; 4. New path alongside
ditch on the boundary of the golf course; 5. Pick up old road past
Berrow Church; 6. Rebuild existing track past Recreation Ground
Land on the route of the proposed cycle path through Berrow