Plans to transform a pathway connecting several roads in Netherfield are moving forward after Gedling Borough Council was awarded £93,000 to carry out the work to restore it to its former glory.
The funding provided by WREN and Gedling Homes will be used to renovate, widen and tidy up the 300-metre cinder pathway which runs from Manvers Street to Ashwell Street in the town.
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by waste and resource management company FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
They are providing a total of £84,117 towards the project. Gedling Homes, now part of the Jigsaw group, is also providing a contribution of £9,074.28 towards the refurbishment of the walkway.
The new pathway will provide a safer and cleaner access route for pedestrians when accessing the railway station. The path will receive improved lighting and the vegetation in the area will be cut back and tidied.
Work is expected to start in January and residents living near the site will be informed about the works before they begin. Assessments on the ecological impact on any works will also be carried out to protect any wildlife living on the path.
The local heritage of the cinder path will be told along the walkway with plans for interpretation panels to be installed alongside health and wellbeing messages.
The path is expected to be finished in April 2019 and the Mayor of Gedling will be hosting an opening ceremony once it is ready.
Cheryl Raynor, Project Manager from WREN said:“ We are delighted to be supporting the Cinder Pathway project and pleased that our funding will enhance this well use pathway for the benefit of the local community.
“WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”
Martin Curtis, Project Manager for Gedling Homes said: “We are delighted to support this much needed project which will enable safer access in Netherfield and assist in creating a healthier environment.”
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said:“This is great news for residents of Netherfield who live near the cinder path.
“This funding from WREN and Gedling Homes will turn this old unsightly corridor into a nice, clean walking path which will bring to life the history of this cinder path. I would like to congratulate everyone involved in securing the funding and I look forward to it opening in the New Year.”