Yesterday I chaired the final meeting of the Connect2 Kenilworth Steering Group (www.connect2kenilworth.org.uk), following the public event to celebrate the opening of the final route section to the University of Warwick on 26 October.
The Steering Group has been in existence for just over 5 years, over which time its members have campaigned for Lottery funding for Sustrans that helped make it happen, brought in all sections of the local community to the choices and decisions needed to achieve the scheme, raised petitions to save the scheme when it faced budget cuts, and worked hard to support it at every stage. I pay tribute to everyone involved. We can all share an enormous sense of achievement in the final result – a major new local amenity that is already being enjoyed by many hundreds of residents every week.
Although the Steering Group has done its work and is disbanding, a few pieces of finishing off work remain, to be completed by the WCC project team over the coming months. Also, achieving full access for cyclists and horse riders at the Berkswell end of the route remains a challenge, but a new working group is being set up together with Solihull MBC and Berkswell PC to focus on this.
A new group, the Greenway Trust, has been formed to take on the longer term promotion and development of the scheme as a major local amenity for the use and enjoyment of all (http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Greenway-Trust-Kenilworth-to-Berkswell/260163417438697).