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AUDIO: Cycleway to close for improvement works

AUDIO: Cycleway to close for improvement works

Published at 9:26am 18th April 2016. (Updated at 5:42pm 18th April 2016)

A cycleway popular with families and walkers in Harrogate is set to close for around 10 days.

Over £20,000 has been secured for improvements to the route between Starbeck and Bilton.

Funding for the work has come from both national and local organisations.

Harrogate Borough Council secured £19,117 through WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund.

Taylors of Harrogate has given £1,000 towards the improvements and another £100 has come from Bilton Conservation Group.

WREN is a not-for-profit business which awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The cycleway is expected to reopen by Wednesday 27 April.

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Sam Walker is a countryside ranger with Harrogate Borough Council and has been working to get funding for the improvements.

He said: "The route between Bilton Lane and The Avenue is popular with cyclists and pedestrians alike, so it's great that these sections are now going to be upgraded.

"We're very grateful for the funding WREN has given us and for the contributions from Taylors and the local conservation group.

"Hopefully the closures won’t cause too much inconvenience and I'm sure users will appreciate the improved, tarmacked surface."

Penny Beaumont, WREN’s grant manager for Yorkshire, added: "It's always nice to see something we have funded start to take shape.

"We're delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile project and look forward to it benefiting people across Harrogate."