When I’m walking along Hollywell Road and Brant Road on my way to/from work each day I can’t help but notice the number of people who cycle to and from work and school. I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise, given how flat the area generally is, but it’s a pleasant surprise nonetheless.

I don’t cycle much, but I have noticed the state of the roads – Brant Road especially – and how dangerous it is for cyclists to navigate with the potholes and cracked roads. I wouldn’t want to be a cyclist riding along Brant Road in rush hour traffic, that’s for sure.

One of the issues I’m going to campaign on is the creation of a new cycle route through Waddington West. Ideally, I’d like it to go from the River Witham (which is a National Cycle Route from the University to the Newark Road-Brant Road junction in Bracebridge), along Larne Road, on to Southdown, Sherwood Drive, Hollywell Road, Melbourne Way, Station Road, and on into upper Waddington.

I’ve contacted the custodians of the National Cycle Network, Sustrans, to enquire about how one would go about this.

I’ve also contacted the Cycle NK team at North Kesteven District Council to look into the possibility of expanding their cycle network to include the route mentioned above. I will update this campaign site with any replies I receive and my responses.

If elected I will work on turning this plan into reality, and will request the Council use Section 106 contributions to build cycling related infrastructure in the ward to help make it a safer place for all.

Cycling has so many benefits including health and wellbeing, environmental, and cost savings. It’s time to make it safer and accessible for those in Waddington West as well.

UPDATE – North Kesteven DC replied to my email asking if I’d let them pass my details on to Lincolnshire County Council who are running a consultation in the Lincoln area about this.

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