New footpath links Alveston and Old Down in South Gloucestershire
A WELCOME new footpath linking Alveston and Old Down has been completed.
Residents have been calling for such a footpath for over two decades.
Funding for the 1km long footpath linking the two South Gloucestershire villages was first announced in 2010 and the path has been built in stages over the past few years.
The third and final phase of work has now been completed.
Campaigning councillor, Matthew Riddle (Con, Severn) welcomed the safer walking route.
"I am absolutely delighted that the much-needed Alveston to Old Down footway has finally been completed because Down Road is quite a busy road for a rural area," he said. "For a number of years now, there’s been a great deal of local support for this scheme. I can recall being contacted by Arthur Webb even before I was elected, so I am really pleased to have been able to play my part in ensuring that the footpath has been built."
Old Down resident Mr Webb raised a petition of over 200 signatures to get the path built back in 1992.
Cllr Riddle, who took up the campaign on behalf of residents on his election onto the council in 2003, added: "Now that works have finished on the all-important final phase, it will be much safer for those people who have previously been walking and running on Down Road itself.
"And it will also hopefully encourage others to travel on foot between the two villages, who perhaps had been put off the idea because of road safety fears."
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