Campaigners call for support for Strawberry Line extension

PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 March 2019

Archway at the start of the Strawberry Line cycle way.

Archway at the start of the Strawberry Line cycle way.

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Great steps have been taken to make North Somerset safer for cyclists as campaigners call for more supporters.

It is hoped cyclists, walkers and horse-riders will soon be able to continue along the popular Strawberry Line route – which currently extends from Cheddar to Yatton Railway Station – through the back lanes of Kingston Seymour and onto Clevedon.

The Strawberry Line to Clevedon (SLiC) group has worked with other campaign groups, North Somerset Council and its councillors to make the area safer for all.

North Somerset Council approved plans to allow a cycle crossing from Wick St Lawrence to be built across the waterway into Kingston Seymour.

To compliment the cycle-friendly development, the first section of the Strawberry Line extension will provide a cycleway and bridle path from Arnolds Way, in Yatton, to Kingston Bridge, 
in Kingston Seymour, which is in the advanced stages of development.

The section has been provided by Bloor Homes as part of its housing development at North End.

SLiC has joined with the existing Strawberry Line groups under the umbrella of the Strawberry Line Society, with the aim of providing the missing link to join the path to the coast of Clevedon.

Sue Cooper, from SLiC, said: “Our group is very excited to be working with and supporting the other groups along the Strawberry Line, North Somerset Council and Sustrans.

“It has been great to see the level of local support for this new route.”

More than 1,500 people have registered their support for the campaign through the SLiC website, with more than 300 people sharing why the extension is important to them.

The campaign group will launch their appeal for support on Friday, with people in Yatton and Clevedon encouraging others to register.

The aim of the launch is to raise public awareness for the project with the aim of demonstrating the weight of support to the local authority.

It aims to gather 5,000 signatures over the next 12 months to show the communities feel this is very important to them.

Register your interest at www.strawberrylin1etoclevedon.org

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