Mendip Active Travel Consultation

On Monday Sue Isherwood, Rachel Hewson and I have an opportunity to talk to one of the officers from Mendip DC about developing their active travel policies. The relevant section of the invitation, describing the purpose of the meeting, is set out below.  If anyone has thoughts about the items mentioned, or any other comments relevant to this topic please get in touch with any one of us and we will try to ensure that your voice is heard.  You can contact us directly or via the message function on the Strawberry line page of the website

The meeting is really an informal, information sharing session to understand what your active travel aspirations are for your parish and to see how we can coordinate our efforts.

During the meeting we’ll be discussing:

  • Our aspirations for increasing active travel in Mendip
  • Your thoughts and aspirations for a District wide Borrow Bike scheme
  • Bike Racks
  • Walking and Cycling maps
  • Proposed connections
  • How we move forward

Strawberry Line – Planning

Lidl have submitted a planning application for a development in Wells along the proposed route of a cross city cycle path.  With a little adjustment the development could be configured to benefit cyclists and walkers.  Look at this map and use the link provided to comment to Mendip

Strawberry Line Bird Survey

Those keen on wildlife will be interested to see this report on breeding birds along the Strawberry Line.  It suggests that the concentration of breeding birds along the line is greater than in much of the farmland the route passes through – another reason to support the development of off-road paths.

Strawberry line work party

To help progress the Strawberry Line groups of volunteers have been organising work parties to help maintain existing sections of the route. This not only makes it more pleasant for users and encourages people to take advantage of the path but also demonstrates to the public authorities that there is the enthusiasm and the skill to maintain the route after it is built. The volunteers have now started work on the section of path linking Rodney Stoke and Draycott. If anyone would like to join them they next meet at 9.30 on Tuesday 18th August at the point indicated on the map below; just turn up or leave a message using the form on the Strawberry Line page (under community)

The Strawberry Line – bridge blockage

Plans to develop a section of the Strawberry line through Shepton Mallet have hit a blockage – the Department of Transport which claims to be promoting sustainable transport options is blocking plans for safe access under the A371 by not allowing use of a former railway bridge. This article explains more.

New page added – Strawberry Line Westbury

A new page has been added to the Westbury Village Website under Community Groups.  It describes the work of the Strawberry Line Association which campaigns to extend the network of safe off-road paths connecting Westbury and other communities in Somerset.  You can find out what the group is doing and how you can support its work here.