John Whitehouse

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Connect2 Kenilworth – A Year On

by John Whitehouse on 17 December, 2008

Connect2 Kenilworth - A Year On

Last Friday was the first anniversary of the Big Lottery Win by Sustrans Connect2, which secured £50 million of lottery funding (and at least the same again of matched funding) for 79 walking and cycling projects up and down the country. I was very pleased to have led the local Connect2 Kenilworth campaign, and have continued to chair the local Steering Group as we push forward our local project to link Kenilworth town centre with the Greenway and the University of Warwick.

On 4th November the Kenilworth scheme became only the second Connect2 project in the country to have its formal agreement signed, to allow the release of lottery funding as the various stages of work are completed over the next three years.

In April, surfacing and improvement work was completed on the first section of the Greenway route out of Kenilworth towards Burton Green, opening up this part of the route for all-year recreational use. Throughout the year, a lot of planning and preparation has gone involving Sustrans and the County Council, together with its partners Warwick District Council and the University of Warwick.

The original Steering Group for the project has been strengthened with additional representatives from the Town Council, the University and local resident groups. It meets every two months to ensure that the local community is involved in all stages of the project through to final completion.

Later this month, tree works will commence along the track of the old railway line at the rear of Woodland Road and on the edge of Kenilworth Common. This work will be guided by the results of a detailed ecological survey carried out earlier in the year, and will aim to preserve and enhance the natural habitat for reptiles and other wildlife. All residents in the immediate area were informed of these works by letter last week.

Other works due to start soon are to widen and resurface the existing walking/cycling path from Bridge Street to Manor Road, and to widen the existing footbridge leading from Forge Road on to the Common. Preliminary design options for a new bridge over the Coventry Road have been commissioned.

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