A photo opportunity took place
earlier today at Sale Waterside to highlight the Bridgewater Way’s role in the
Sustrans Connect 2 Big Lottery Fund Bid.
Local cyclists and representatives
from the Bridgewater Way Trust and Trafford Council gathered at the Waterside
Plaza to encourage local support for the Connect 2 bid, which was one of many
photo opportunities and events taking place around the country today.
The Connect 2 multi million pound
lottery bid incorporates 79 local schemes across the country, and will
ultimately be decided by a public TV vote in December. The Bridgewater Way is
one of these 79 schemes and if Connect 2 is successful will receive funding for
works to the Sale section of the Bridgewater Way to be undertaken. The funding
would particularly concentrate on improving the quality and number of access
points to the route as well as improving the surface of the towpath itself.
Just over 58,000 people live within
half a mile of the Sale area of the Bridgewater Way that would receive the
funding, with almost a quarter of a million people living within two miles.
Councillor Pennington, Chairman of
the Bridgewater Canal Trust said, “The Bridgewater Way is delighted to be part
of Sustrans Connect 2 Big Lottery Fund bid. The funding we would receive would
once again allow people to access the canal side more readily and enjoy the
beauty of the canal. We would ask local people to visit the Connect 2 website
www.sustransconnect2.org.uk to find out how and when they can support Connect 2
Cllr Ken Weston of Trafford Council
said: “This funding would be of great benefit to people both living in and
visiting Trafford, enhancing their experience of one of the most beautiful
features of our borough which is nearly 250 years-old. I would urge everybody
to back The Bridgewater Way and give their support to the bid.”
Sustrans’ Chief Executive John
Grimshaw explains, “Of all the schemes short-listed for the Big Lottery Fund's
Living Landmarks: The Peoples Millions, Connect2 is the only one that will make
a big difference to people living in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern
Ireland, enabling them to reduce their carbon footprint and get active.
“By making it easier to travel for
local journeys on foot and by bike, Connect2 would bring huge potential health
and environmental benefits, not just for local communities, but for the whole
of the UK, now - and for generations to come. I urge people to support