to Brent Knoll cycle path to get £20,000 upgrade
country path used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders between
Burnham-On-Sea and Brent Knoll is to be given £20,000 of repairs
to make it fully accessible.
condition of Crooked Lane Drove - which runs to the east of Burnham-On-Sea
towards Brent Knoll - has become extremely poor due to deep ruts
developing in the clay during wet weather, making the surface uneven.
poor condition of the 1.25km-long drove has also been affecting
local land managers who use it to access fields and the Internal
Drainage Board to maintain Brent Broad Rhyne and ensure that water
flows freely out of the area.
though, a big £20,000 project is underway to upgrade the surface
of the path with a new layer of compacted stone over a 'geotextile
bulk of the £20,000 funding for the project has come from
a 'Hills to Levels' grant, which covered most of the costs, and
the remainder is being funded by other stakeholders.
Knoll Parish Council, which is overseeing the project, said this
week that the repairs will benefit many people.
spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are pleased to be associated
with this project and would like to thank the Axe Brue Drainage
Board for their help with design, Somerset Wild Life Conservation,
Mr C. Kidner (farmer), Mr T Dibble, whose family has owned land
adjacent to the Crooked Lane Drove for almost 100 years, The Royal
Bath and West of England Society, Postcode Lottery and, finally,
our contractor J.D Pope and Sons Ltd. The process has been an example
of how different parties can work together for a successful outcome
Knoll Parish Council developed the Hills to Levels grant application
because we could act as facilitator and bring everyone together
to agree on the work. This role involved drawing up a suitable work
specification, speaking to the neighbouring landowners and tenant
farmers, contacting local contractors for work prices and obtaining
all the information required for the grant application."
Councillor Colin Townsend added: "It would not have been possible
to carry out the repairs to Crooked Lane Drove without the use of
external funding through the Hills to Levels Project. Crooked Lane
Drove is an important connecting route within our parish and we
were keen to see the surface condition improved so that everyone
could enjoy using it again."
Page, Hills to Levels Project Coordinator, added: "The Hills
to Levels project has had a busy year reviewing capital grants.
By the end of the project, nearly 50 grants will have been awarded,
and over £165,000 given out in funding thanks to players of
Brent Knoll drove project is an example of a community working together.
droves fall out of repair, the cost of carrying out the work can
not only be expensive but time-consuming to liaise with the neighbouring
land managers over work details and contractors for prices. The
Hills to Levels grant application was developed by the parish council
which carried out the liaison work between all parties and managed
The team behind the project with a huge £750,000 cheque which
will fund the Burnham-On-Sea scheme and others like it across the
region. Also pictured, the drove that is being upgraded