Completing the missing Western Link

Date: 
05/07/2011
Reference: 
075/11

Residents living in the West of Ely may soon benefit from the intervention of the District Council to compete the paths and landscaping to the city’s western gateway.

The strip of land along the A10 bypass leading to the roundabout with the A142 has split ownership between the Council and the developer – the Kier Group. The Council received Section 106 funds to cover some but not all of the costs to carry out and maintain the open space.

To tackle the issue, officers are arranging meetings with the developer and are preparing a tender to cover land contouring, grass cover and buffer planting with the aim to deliver the footpath cycle/link before winter.

A project group involving local members and supported by officers has been set up to guide this process.  The intention is to involve local community groups in delivering future planting.

Councillor Peter Moakes, Leader at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “The Western Gateway is home to thousands of families all who are keen to use the land around the homes. As it stands there is an incomplete section which I am sure is more than annoying to many people who go for walks, cycle or want to visit friends. To tackle the problem we are working with a number of groups and the local community to make the land useful.”

For more information please call 01353 665555 or logon to www.eastcambs.gov.uk.