South Gloucestershire Council has completed a footpath which links Tytherington to Thornbury, thanks to a grant from Natural England.
The footpath, which has been well received locally, runs from Tytherington village to Thornbury town centre and provides residents with a safer pedestrian route to their local town. The new 300-metre section of path runs along Tytherington Road next to the Hanson quarry site and is the final link in the chain as the footpath has been constructed over three phases.
This final stage of the project has been completed with money from a grant from Natural England, which was secured through Defra’s Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF). Hanson, which runs the quarry at Tytherington, pays into the ALSF as a result of their local quarrying operations.
Cllr Brian Allinson, executive member for planning, transportation and the strategic environment, said: “The local community have been active in their support for this scheme, so we’re really pleased that we have finally been able to complete this footpath for Tytherington residents, and are grateful to Natural England for the grant made available to make it happen.”
And local resident Bob Hall added: “Tytherington Road gives access from Thornbury to quieter lanes and woods above Tytherington which are very pleasant for walking and running. I use the road several times a week and larger groups of runners also regularly use it on long runs at weekends and summer evenings. It has become increasingly busy of recent years, so the new footway is very welcome.”
David Weeks, communications manager for Hanson, said: “It’s good to see some of the money we pay to the government on the stone we extract being re-distributed into projects which benefit the local community. It has made this stretch of road much safer for pedestrians.”
Commenting on the project Caroline Maddock, ASLF grants advisor at Natural England, said: “It’s really great when a scheme is so well supported by the local community.”
Source: South Gloucestershire Council