Sevenoaks set for cycling boost after £15,000 cash grant
By kentsussex | Monday, January 14, 2013, 11:49
More cycle stands will be installed across the District after Sevenoaks District Council secured £15,000 of funding to improve cycle facilities.
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After being Host Council for the Paralympic Games and hosting the 2012 Paralympic Games Road Cycling the Council has been more committed than ever to positively furthering the cause of cycling in the District.
This funding will help to realise a Paralympic Games legacy of increasing cycling participation and providing a safer environment for cyclists.
There are a number of areas under consideration starting with locations that are noted in the District's cycling strategy.
With this new funding Sevenoaks District Council is looking to install cycle parking at the following locations:
* Bligh's Car Park
* Sevenoaks Hospital
* Sevenoaks Library
* Edenbridge Station
The Council has been in consultation with the respective land owners of each site and provisional agreements have been reached.
In addition to these sites, all town and parish councils within Sevenoaks District have been invited to step forward with their suggestions for additional locations.
It is hoped the Council can then proceed with installations at several locations in the near future potentially including The Vine, Greatness Park and the Council Offices in Sevenoaks and sites in West Kingsdown and Seal.
A further four cycle stands have recently been installed on Dunton Green Recreation Ground in addition to the existing 18 stands installed between Edenbridge and White Oak Leisure Centres last year.
Cllr Pat Bosley, the Council's member for Healthy Living says: "This is brilliant news for all cyclists as these funds will boost our provision for riders across the District. This will help us realise our Paralympic legacy and will hopefully encourage more people to take up this fantastic sport."
The funding has been made available by Kent County Council.