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Final push to fund new cycle-path link at Rufforth and Knapton
WORK has finally begun on a long-planned cycle path to link the villages of Rufforth and Knapton, despite complete funding not yet being secured.
City of York Council is due to meet next month to decide if it will rubber-stamp the final amount needed for the project.
The parish councils at Rufforth and Knapton have been pushing for the construction of an off-road cycle path and bridleway since 2007, when a steering committee was set up to spearhead the project.
Mike Wood, chairman of the committee said the path would link up with the existing cycle network in York.
He said: “This will allow cyclists to pedal into York in relative safety rather than risking their lives negotiating the heavy traffic on the B1224 and York residents can enjoy the pleasures of Rufforth with its church, shop and tea room. The route will also permit Rufforth schoolchildren to be more environmentally friendly by being able to cycle to school in Acomb.”
“The parish set up a steering group in 2007, and with the help of City of York Council, Sustrans cycling charity and various other bodies, a route has been finalised, approval obtained from nearly all land owners, and most importantly, almost all of the funding has been obtained.”
To ensure the final hurdle for funding is cleared, Mr Wood is asking as many people as possible to get in touch with the council to throw their weight behind the campaign.
He said: “The final meeting to allocate funding is to be held at CYC on November 19 and it is important that the council is made aware of the level of support in the community for this public amenity.”
To show your support email the council at email@example.com or phone (01904) 551608.