for new Burnham to Brent Knoll cycle path fail to win backing
to build a major new cycling path between Burnham-On-Sea and Brent
Knoll have been given a 'thumbs down' by councillors this week.
Chairman of Brent Knoll Parish Council has written to Burnham
and Highbridge Town Council asking whether it would support a
new cycling and walking path to run between Burnham's Stoddens
Lane and Brent Knoll's Station Road, following a route across
the fields known locally as Crooked Lane.
the idea did not receive backing from town councillors at their
latest meeting this week.
Mayor, Cllr Martin Cox, said: "It sounds like a good project
but it's unclear who would do the work and we don't have the capacity
to take this on as a Town Council."
Bill Hancock said he would not support the proposal:: "I
own 25-30 acres of land for cattle in the area and can see a new
path opening up a big 'can of worms' if youngsters play down there
and cause problems. The fields are used for agriculture and a
path would not be a good idea. It's also not feasible because
of the long distance and cost."
Paul Young added: "I have cycled the proposed route before
using a mountain bike and it's currently heavily rutted by farmers
equipment. It would need a proper surface which would involve
a large amount of tarmac and a big cost."
Ken Smout added: "There are many questions unanswered, particularly
on overall cost, maintenance responsibilities, benefits, timelines
and whether the costs would be split between the Town Council
and Parish Council."