‘Significant investment’ secured to upgrade footpaths

‘Significant investment’ secured to upgrade footpaths

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Cornwall councillor for Par, Jordan Rowse, has been working since 2017 to improve pedestrian and cycling facilities in Par. He has now secured more than £250,000 to upgrade the path on Par moor Road

10th March 2021

By Natasha Swift

More than a quarter of a million pounds has been secured to improve pedestrian and cycling facilities in Par.

The cash will be used to upgrade the path on Par Moor Road, connecting Par, St Blazey, Tywardreath and Fowey to the A390 for cyclists and walkers.

Cornwall councillor for Par, Jordan Rowse, has been working since 2017 to improve the footpath on the road after a number of cyclists and walkers told him they do not feel safe travelling along Par Moor Road because of the speed of traffic.

He had now secured more than £250,000 from pots of cash for transport and road improvements, which will be used for active travel in the area.

A consultation, which has now been launched on the plans, explains: “Cormac Consultancy, on behalf of Cornwall Council, proposes installation of shared use facilities along a section of Par Moor Road. The proposal links up with the existing shared use facilities on Cypress Avenue.

“Encouraging more trips by walking and cycling is key to achieving the Connecting Cornwall goals to: tackle climate change; support economic prosperity; protect the environment; and encourage healthy lifestyles.

“The policy approach to achieve the switch is based on providing safe and efficient infrastructure and encouraging behavioural change.

”The purpose of the proposal is to improve pedestrian and cycling facilities, with the aim of encouraging more local trips by walking and cycling.”

Councillor Rowse told the Voice: “I am chuffed to bits to confirm I have secured over £250,000 for active travel in Par.

“Since my election in 2017, I have been determined to better connect Par, St Blazey, Tywardreath and Fowey with the A390 and the rest of Cornwall.

“In order to do that, we have to make Par Moor Road much safer for cyclists and walkers.

“I’ve spoken to a number of cyclists and walkers over the years, all saying they do not feel safe travelling along Par Moor Road because of the speed of traffic.

“Encouraging people to walk and cycle ties in with the government and Cornwall Council’s strategy for active travel - walking and cycling to get to destinations.

“By having an active travel path along Par Moor Road, it does that. Connecting four large towns and villages with the A390 and the rest of Cornwall.

“The path will be 2.5 meters wide, fully accessible and wide enough for walkers and cyclists alike. Phase one will be from the A390 at the Brit Roundabout, to Cypress Avenue, the junction to Carlyon Bay.

“It is hoped we can then continue a phased approach for the rest of Par Moor, but this will take time. However, by securing the funds for phase one we are taking a huge step in the right direction.

“Historically the footpath along Par Moor Road has either been non-existent, dangerous, muddy or over­grown. That changes now. This is a significant investment for Par and St Blazey and I look forward to seeing the results of the consultation.”

The consultation ends on March 26 with the results being published on May 26.