Barnoldswick wheelchair walk to be completed

Barnoldswick Town Council Chairman Coun. Claire Teall cuts the first sod on the final part of the Wheelchair Walk project with Simon Green of contractors Colin Braithwaite Excavators Ltd (left) and Coun. David Whipp (right). (S)
Barnoldswick Town Council Chairman Coun. Claire Teall cuts the first sod on the final part of the Wheelchair Walk project with Simon Green of contractors Colin Braithwaite Excavators Ltd (left) and Coun. David Whipp (right). (S)
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Work has begun on the last link of a circular wheelchair walk in Barnoldswick which has been 15 years in the making.

Contractors have moved in on the final stretch of footpath between Victory Park and Greenberfield Lane alongside Stocks Beck.

The idea for a wheelchair accessible route was first mooted in 2000 and bit by bit has been put together down the years, with additions and improvements to the paths and tracks in Victory Park itself and on different sections.

Work is currently underway to improve and surface the path between Stocks Beck and Rolls-Royce’s Bankfield factory.

Coun. David Whipp is delighted to see the project in the home straight.

He said: “When complete there’ll be a mostly level circular route from Victory Park onto Greenberfield Lane and back into the park.

“It’s an opportunity for people with mobility problems to get into the countryside. It’ll also be a good route for junior cyclists to follow with their families, building on the training areas inside the park.”

Barnoldswick Town Council is the lead organisation for the final phase of work at a cost of £20,934.59 with money from Pendle Council’s West Craven Committee and the Lancashire Environment Fund.

Cutting the first sod of the scheme, Barnoldswick Town Council Chairman, Coun. Claire Teall added: “It’s wonderful to see the last link of this long-running project being done.

“It’s a lovely accessible route for people with mobility impairments and young families. It will provide enjoyment for lots of people for many years to come.”

The work is being carried out by Colin Braithwaite Excavators Ltd and being supervised by Pendle Council’s Engineering section.