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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

PR 392 1 October 2001 B&NES Chairman to open new Whitchurch path

The Chair of Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) council, Gerry Curran, will officially open a brand new path connecting Whitchurch and Stockwood near Bristol on Wednesday 10 October at 11.30 am.

The new 0.5 km Whitchurch Path will form part of The West Country Way and National Cycle Route 3. The path is built as a causeway and will take walkers and cyclists over winter ponds and springs that used to flood the old footpath.

The new path extends the Whitchurch Railway Path and provides fine views of Dundry and the surrounding hills.

B&NES council is meeting most of the £75,000 planning and building costs, while National Cycle Route charity Sustrans initiated the project and is using national lottery funding to grant aid the work.

The path crosses the boundary between Bath & North East Somerset and Bristol City Council and is the result of close cooperation between the two councils.

B&NES council has invited representatives of Bristol City Council to the opening, which will take place at the public open space at Craydon Grove, Stockwood, Bristol. Other invited guests include representatives of contractors Jarvis, members of Sustrans,Whitchurch parish councillors, and a director of Bath-based cycle sales and rental business Avon Valley Cyclery.

Photo opportunity: Press are invited to attend the official opening of the Whitchurch Path on Wednesday 10 October, 11.30 am at the public open space at Craydon Grove, Stockwood, Bristol. Some of the guests will arrive by bicycle.

THE OPENING OF THE WHITCHURCH PATH

Wednesday 10 October 2001

11:30 AM, The Public Open Space, Craydon Grove, Stockwood, Bristol

11:30 Site opens, greetings from staff of the Transportation Access and Waste Management Service.

11:50 Welcome from Councillor Gerry Curran, Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Council.

12:00 Photo opportunities and official opening.

12:10 Opportunity to walk or cycle the path.

12:30 Retire to the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Keynsham for complimentary refreshments.