Posted: Sun 19th Mar 2017

Work Starts On New Path At Canaston

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Mar 19th, 2017

Work has started on a new shared-use path between Canaston Woods – a popular location for walkers, cyclists, and horse-riders – and the Bluestone resort. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The 350-metre path will run alongside the A4075 from Eagle Lodge, which is located next to the main trail through the woodland, known as Knights Way. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The intention is to provide a safe route for pedestrians and cyclists alongside the A4075 and link the Pembrokeshire Trail to the entrance into Bluestone,” said Cllr Rob Lewis, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Environment and local Member. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Pembrokeshire County Council is carrying out the work, which is funded by the Welsh Government as part of a package of ‘active travel’ improvements for Pembrokeshire. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The scheme also proposes a new parking area opposite Eagle Lodge, once funding has been approved from the Welsh Government. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The project has had strong local backing, including support from Bluestone National Park Resort. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Yvonne Buckingham, Head of Sales, Marketing and Guest Services from Bluestone, said: “The new cycle path will help improve the safety and accessibility for our guests, and enable them to explore and enjoy the surrounding areas of Bluestone.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The County Council has also been successful in securing funds to provide a new footway on the outskirts of Saundersfoot. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The new section of pavement will link up the residential areas of Cwmgwennol and Rhodewood House. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The route is popular for both residents and visitors, but pedestrians are often forced to walk along the road verge, following a tortuous route with poor sight lines, and often coming into conflict with vehicular traffic. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The intention is to complete the entire 330-metre section of this key active travel pedestrian route from April onwards, once additional funding is secured from the Welsh Government. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Rob Lewis, Cabinet Member for Transportation, said ‘This funding from Welsh Government is very welcome and will allow us to make good progress on these two key routes. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We have recently submitted a funding application to Welsh Government for a package of route improvements and we envisage this current work is just the start of a number of new walking and cycling improvements across the County.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Caption ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Pictured at the A4075 near Canaston are (left to right), David Rees, Landscape Architect; Darren Thomas, Head of Highways and Construction; Cllr Rob Lewis, and Yvonne Buckingham. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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