Work is progressing on schedule at Sutton Way in Ellesmere Port where a new cycle route will make cycling and walking in the area more accessible.
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s scheme is creating 4.2km of new shared cyclist and pedestrian space along Sutton Way Boulevard between the A41/Green Lane and Whitby Road/Stanney Lane.
The works include upgrading crossings as well as planting new trees and replacing hedgerows to promote a greener, more wildlife-friendly roadside environment.
CWAC deputy leader Cllr Karen Shore explained: “Feedback from our engagement events with local residents highlighted the need to remove the existing tall hawthorn hedgerows, and replant with a new smaller hedgerow species to encourage ecology (for example bird nesting) while removing future hawthorn hedge trimmings that caused punctures to cyclists.
“The new improved hedgerows will directly address the issues raised in the consultation, such as anti-social behaviour and crime, and improve the feeling of safety, for those using the corridor.
“The new hedge lines will be supported by fencing, allowing time for the hedgerow planting to fully grow and establish a similar landscape character.”
Plans showing all improvements and changes are now on display at Ellesmere Port Library.
In addition a council locality officer will have a copy on display and can answer questions in the old Rent Office on Tarporley Road on the following days:
* Tuesday 14th January, 10am – 2pm
* Wednesday 15th January, 2-5pm
* Thursday 16th January, 4-7pm
The scheme is valued at over £800,000 and this consists of more than £500,000 of funding secured from the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund along with more than £250,000 from developer contributions.
The project is expected to be complete by late spring.