New cycle path for Eckington

ndet 99164 Eckington school new cycle path opening cutting the ribbon  l to r Tom Bastock,Liz Kirten Liz started campaigning for the cycle path about 7yrs.ago
ndet 99164 Eckington school new cycle path opening cutting the ribbon l to r Tom Bastock,Liz Kirten Liz started campaigning for the cycle path about 7yrs.ago

A new walking and cycling trail has been opened in Eckington.

The previously overgrown path has been transformed by Derbyshire County Council into a three metre greenway between Eckington Junior school and Eckington secondary school.

The route, which cost £40,000 to bring into use, runs from the end of School Street, around the back of the nearby housing estate and links up with Eckington Secondary School. It is a safe route for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and people using wheelchairs and mobility scooters. It has been resurfaced and new fencing, barriers and horse gates have been installed to make access to the greenway easier.

Children from Eckington Junior and Secondary schools joined Cllr George Wharmby, Chairman of Derbyshire County Council and Cllr Simon Spencer, deputy leader of Derbyshire County Council and cabinet member for highways and transport at the official opening of the greenway.

Cllr Spencer said: “The new greenway will make a huge difference to residents of Eckington. It has been designed to be accessible to everyone whether they’re on foot, riding a bike, in a wheelchair or pushing children in a pushchair. It’s a great alternative route, offering a safe and scenic link between shops, schools and other facilities in the town.”