Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Residents to choose route for cycle path

RESIDENTS of Shiplake are to be asked their views on plans for a cycle path to Henley.

RESIDENTS of Shiplake are to be asked their views on plans for a cycle path to Henley.

The parish council is to send a questionnaire to all householders asking them to choose one of three possible routes — alongside the A4155, the Thames towpath or the railway line.

They will also be asked how often they would use a cycle path and whether they would use it instead of travelling by car or train.

The parish council will investigate funding options after compiling detailed plans.

It also wants to build a pedestrian and cycle path to Wargrave using the railway bridge. This was proposed as a millennium project and was granted planning permission but never materialised.

The council has had informal talks with neighbouring authorities in Wargrave and Harpsden, which support the idea in principle, while Henley Town Council’s traffic advisory committee has offered to discuss the plans at its next meeting on April 16.

Council chairman Tudor Taylor, who came up with the idea, said: “We may not have money at the moment but we want to lay the groundwork by finding out what people want. Even if we can’t get funding, our research will be a foundation for others to build on if the money becomes available.”

He said Oxfordshire County Council had warned him it was unlikely to offer a grant.

The council is considering appealing for donations. Anyone who can help should email Councillor Taylor at tudorhtaylor@hotmail.com

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