Local Lib Dem councillors for Frampton Cotterell ward Claire Young, Jon Lean and Tristan Clark have called upon South Gloucestershire Council to safeguard a potential cycle route that could connect Coalpit Heath to the Yate spur and to the Bristol-Bath Cycle Path.
Cllr Tristan Clark said: “Part of the former Frog Lane Colliery railway track is currently used as a footpath by local residents, but would make an ideal cycle path, as well as a route for pedestrians and horse riders. With developers indicating that they shortly intend to put in a planning application up to the edge of the old railway track, reflecting the council’s JSP plans, we want to make sure this route is protected.”
Cllr Jon Lean said: “The Lib Dems continue to oppose the Conservative administration’s plans for 1,800 new homes in the green belt at Coalpit Heath. But whether these plans go ahead or not, there is great need for a cycle route linking Coalpit Heath with Yate, Bristol and Bath. The council needs to take action to help residents to lead healthier more active lifestyles, reduce congestion and air pollution on our roads, and fight the effects of climate change. A cycle route for Coalpit Heath will help to achieve all of those aims.”
Cllr Claire Young said: “At Monday’s meeting of Cabinet I asked the new Executive Member for Planning Development and Strategic Transport, Steve Reade, to come to Coalpit Heath to examine the proposed route with us. I am grateful that Cllr Reade has accepted this invitation and I am confident that once he has seen the lie of the land he will agree with us that this is a route that needs to be protected with an eye to developing it for the community.”