‘OVERWHELMING’ opposition has led to a proposal to create a shared use cycleway by means of a a lot beloved wildlife woodland being thrown out.
Cormac Options, on behalf of Cornwall Council, had proposed to widen a part of the footpath community by means of Tregoniggie Woodland and convert it to a shared use path to be used by pedestrians and cyclists as a part of the rising strolling and biking community for Falmouth.
There have been additionally planning adjustments to the entrances to the woodland to facilitate secure use by pedestrians and cyclists with indicators put as much as ‘mirror the semi rural nature of the realm’.
However a digital assembly final week it was determined to withdraw the proposal after ‘overwhelming’ public opposition led by the Mates of Tregoniggie Woods.
Cornwall Councillor David Saunby attended the assembly together with Coun Alan Jewell and Cormac officers to debate the end result of the session.
“I’m joyful that the end result went in favour of these opposing the shared use cycle scheme,” stated Mr Saunby. “There have been 87 towards, and solely 9 in help.
“The end result was overwhelming, so there was no possibility however to withdraw the shared use cycle scheme from the desk.”
“I’m very joyful because the Cornwall and city councillor for Trescobeas wherein the Tregoniggie Woods sits, that Cormac has taken discover of the session, and withdrawn its plans.
“I did say a number of instances throughout the assembly that although the woods are Cornwall Council owned that The Mates of Tregoniggie Woodland, have carried out an exquisite job in sustaining the woods, and that they’re a significant participant, and that they should be listened to, and had been completely against the scheme.”
He instructed the Packet: “Being the Cornwall councillor for the realm wherein the woods are positioned, I whole-heartedly supported the Mates of Tregoniggie Woods, who had been against the scheme, on account of their considerations that cyclists and walkers would come into battle, within the tranquility the woods.
“The Mates of Tregoniggie Woodland, have carried out an incredible quantity of labor, in bringing the woods as much as the usual it’s right this moment, catering for pedestrians, canine walkers and youngsters, and it was my perception that the buddies ought to have a significant say within the session, particularly when there’s another route for cyclists which runs parallel with the woodland alongside Conway and Venton Roads.”
The funding for the proposed scheme by means of the woods, will now be re-directed to comparable schemes within the space.
It was beforehand consulted on however was placed on maintain on account of a brief fall in funding. The scheme had been picked up once more on account of new s106 Developer funding that has been made obtainable.
Of their opposition submissions Mates of Tregoniggie Woodland stated the woodland was underneath risk from Cornwall Council by the proposed cycle approach.
They stated the woodland was a haven of peace and residential to a wide selection of wildlife and is a key public open house and conservation space the place native individuals stroll and train their canines.
It is usually a key element of the not too long ago recognised Falmouth Inexperienced Hall, linking pure areas between Bickland Water Street and Swanpool.
The Mates of Tregoniggie Woodland, who’ve been working within the woodland for the final seven years, have managed to carry a lot of it again into fine condition by finishing up lots of the enhancements that Cornwall Council have been unable to do on account of funding cuts.
Latest work within the woodland underneath the Making House for Nature venture has led to the creation of latest native wildflower meadows and native flowering bulb planting, a few of which lie within the path of the proposed cycleway.
Since lockdown in March, the footfall in Tregoniggie Woodland has elevated considerably with all the brand new housing developments stepping into close to the woodland.
When the woodland was within the possession of Carrick District Council, each horse driving and biking had been prohibited.
In the meantime there was extra excellent news for Tregoniggie with Mr Saunby getting new canine poo / litter bins put in on the request of the buddies by the exit from Tregoniggie Woodland into Conway Gardens.
“Now that each one entrances and exits to and from the woodlands are totally coated with waste bins, there’s actually no excuse to drop litter, or letting your canine poo, with out selecting it up, and disposing within the bins offered, after your stroll although the woodlands,” stated Mr Saunby.