Friday, 27 November 2009

TRAC gets the go ahead

Although work commitments meant I wasn't able to stay for the debate, I'm delighted to hear that the TRAC plan for a multi-use trail alongside the Launceston Steam Railway track at New Mills got the go ahead at Planning last night.

This trail will be great as a stand alone project, but will have massive value for the people of Launceston if it can be extended as part of the strategic network of trails across Devon and Cornwall.

The Camel Trail is already in place and runs between Wadebridge, Bodmin and Padstow. It brings many thousands of visitors to the area each year and provides a lot of income for local businesses ranging from hotels and restaurants to bike hire firms.

In Devon, the Tarka Trail does the same and the construction of the Granite Way in West Devon is going to do the same.

The new project aims to link up the current trail network to create a great resource for walkers, bike riders and, hopefully, horse riders as well.

The plan is to link the (now approved) New Mills section with Launceston, coming in at Newport. The trail will go on to link the Newport Industrial Estate with Ridgegrove Lane and createt a safe crossing that is currently lacking at Newport.

That would be a boost for businesses in town and hopefully bring in many additional visitors. It will also be of benefit to local residents who simply want to be able to get safely from one part of the town to another.

This has been a cross party effort with my colleagues Adam Paynter and Sasha Gillard-Loft backing the scheme as well as local Tory Phil Parsons. Congratulations to Peter Sainsbury and the team who are making TRAC a reality and good luck with the rest of the scheme.

2 comments:

Robin said...

What a shame it now looks like the TRAC trail may not go ahead due to lack of finance - see the back of this week's Post plus the steam railway's website.

Alex Folkes said...

There is more to this story than was in the Post. Hopefully some better news to come in the next week to ten days.