Arts and cycle project for Newport, Barnstaple

A PROJECT to regenerate a cycleway and footpath through Newport in Barnstaple has come a step closer after being awarded funding from Devon County Council, Sustrans and Sanctuary Shaftesbury Housing. The arts and cycle project will transform the corridor

A PROJECT to regenerate a cycleway and footpath through Newport in Barnstaple has come a step closer after being awarded funding from Devon County Council, Sustrans and Sanctuary Shaftesbury Housing.

The arts and cycle project will transform the corridor of green space into a much improved route for cycling and walking as well as drawing in artistic elements to enhance the area.

Designer Nick Meech has been chosen to create the concept for the project. He specialises in building outdoor walkways, wildlife corridors, seating, lighting, furniture, signage and pieces of outdoor art, using natural materials in a sustainable way.

The project will be delivered in three phases over a period of 18 months until spring/summer 2011.


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Phase one will concentrate on the area adjacent to Lampard Community School and St Johns Lane, running up to Newport Primary School. Phase two will focus on the cycle path from Newport Primary School up to Park Community School and the final phase will concentrate on the stretch that runs up to Hollowtree Road and the area at Portmarsh.

Councillor Chris Haywood, representing Barnstaple South, was an integral part of the team behind the project.

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He said: "It's been a long five years since the onset of the project and I am delighted that we finally have the funding required to move ahead. It will rejuvenate a rundown area of Barnstaple and will give a lot of pleasure for the whole community to enjoy. I would like to express my thanks to the local community for supporting the project and look forward to meeting them at the launch in February at Newport School."

The project is being delivered by Devon County Council in partnership with local and regional partners, including North Devon District Council, the Environment Agency, Northern Devon Coast & Countryside Service, Devon and Cornwall Police, Newport Primary School, Lampard Community School and Park Community School.

A working community group is being set up and volunteers are being asked to sign up if they would like to get involved. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, February 3, at 6pm at Newport Primary School.

A text service has also been set up for people wishing to comment on the project. Text free on 80800, starting the message with landc.

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