Grand Opening of St Guron's Way - Bodmin's new
off-road trail, Thursday, 6th April 2006
Official opening photocall/interview opportunity: Thursday
6th April 2006 at 11.45 am, at the start of the route from
Bawden Road, Bodmin.
Directions: From the mini roundabouts near Bodmin Clock Tower
go down St Mary's Road until you come to Bawden Road
on the left hand side and meet at the end of Bawden Road.
People in Bodmin are being encouraged to put their best foot
forward by taking part in the official opening of a new "Greenway"
in the town on Thursday 6th April. The St Guron's Way,
is a multi use, off road trail, which links the two sides
of the town connecting the Dragon Leisure Centre and Bodmin
College to residential neighbourhoods. Residents, pupils and
workers on the nearby Walker Lines Industrial Estate can now
walk or cycle to work or school away from traffic and in safety.
The trail skirts the edge of the Beacon Local Nature Reserve
and runs alongside the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, creating
a unique "Greenway" which connects people to places
of work, leisure and learning.
The Grand Opening at 11.45 am on Thursday April 6th is open
to everyone to come along and experience the new trail first
hand. Participants will learn more about walking and cycling
opportunities in the area, whilst taking in some of the most
beautiful countryside that surrounds the town. There will
also be the chance to have a say in the trail's future
development and enter a draw to win a number of fantastic
prizes from food hampers to vouchers for mountain boarding.
The first users of the trail can join the inaugural walk
from either Bawden or Whitestone Road. Specially invited guests
representing the organisations that have funded and delivered
the project will also be in attendance. These include Sport
England and the Big Lottery Fund, Objective One, Cornwall
County Council, North Cornwall District Council, County Environmental
Trust, Western Power Distribution and Wainhomes. The new St
Guron's Way is predominately level and traffic free
making it suitable for most abilities. People attending the
opening will be provided with refreshments featuring local
produce at the Dragon Leisure Centre.
The new trail is already very popular with the local community.
Bodmin College students have provided much of the inspiration
for temporary artwork displays along the trail and many of
them are regularly walking or cycling along the new facility.
On the opening day students of all ages will be taking part
in a series of events and activities which celebrate the trail
and its connections to the Safer Routes to Schools and Healthy
Schools initiatives. Amongst the nearly 30 activities planned
on the College site and at the Dragon Leisure Centre are skateboarding
on a new mobile park, orienteering, football and futsal coaching,
gym, swimming, tennis, aerobics and healthy catering workshops.
There's also the opportunity for students to take part
in cycling skills sessions, learn about cycle maintenance
and discover the College's new secure cycle storage
facilities. Throughout the festivities Bodmin Jazz Youth Orchestra
will be playing at various locations to keep the atmosphere
St Guron's Way has been developed as part of the Walk
to Work Project – led by North Cornwall District Council
in partnership with others seeking to develop and enhance
the multi use trail network in North Cornwall. Cllr Neil Burden,
Chairman of NCDC's Regeneration Committee said: "North
Cornwall District Council members and officers are always
exploring ways to improve the local environment for local
communities. This new multi purpose route named St Guron's
Way on the southern side of Bodmin ably demonstrates this,
people can cross from one side of town to the other, barely
seeing a car and enjoying some the area's most panoramic
views and countryside. There are also positive spin offs in
reduced car journeys and congestion, certainly a healthy way
to go. This project has only been possible by significant
partnership working by dedicated and committed officers for
whom we applaud and thank. The opening of St Guron's
Way is certainly a testament to the commitment of all those
involved in the partnership to making Bodmin a better place
to work and live."
Peter Moore, Chief Transportation Engineer at Cornwall County
Council said: "Cornwall County Council is delighted
to have been able to contribute to the development of this
key project. We are committed to the promotion of sustainable
travel and the development of such a significant section of
walking and cycling route as a safer alternative to the congested
on road routes around the town fits in very well with our
Local Transport Plan. It is great to see that this route is
already being well used and I hope that it will provide both
a convenient and healthy alternative for commuters of all
ages as well as an enjoyable leisure facility."
Sustainable Access Officer for North Cornwall District Council,
Emma Rojano is delighted at the way pupils and residents of
Bodmin have already taken the trail to heart: "All
through this project the idea of enhancing Bodmin's
off road connections has received a lot of support. Bodmin
College has been key to this and local businesses are now
encouraging their staff to use the route as well as donating
many of the prizes and refreshments for the opening day. I
am grateful for the support we have received and am also looking
forward to seeing the pupils, residents and workers in the
town use this wonderful new facility."
For further information please contact Emma Rojano of North
Cornwall District Council on 01208 265686 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Walk to Work routes 1,
2 and 3 projects through the European Regional Development
Developed by North Cornwall District Council the Walk to
Work project has created and additional 3.5 kilometres of
new routes centred around the strategic town of Bodmin and
the Camel Trail. This represents a major investment for the
District acknowledging the economic, environmental and social
value of sustainable development.
A competition asking for suggestions to name the new route
received a large number of entries all reflecting the rich
culture and heritage. After great deliberation St Guron's
Way was selected, reflecting Bodmin's ecclesiastical
roots from which the town ultimately developed.
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