Cumbria County Council – R727 Viking Way – Seascale to Gosforth Multi-User Route

This project to install a multi-user route from Seascale to Gosforth for the use of walkers, cyclists and horses was inspired and led by the community from the outset.

The route runs adjacent to the B5344 making use of both existing grass verges and privately owned fields to encourage a shift from motor vehicles to sustainable options which will have positive environmental, community health and road safety outcomes.

The project aim was to deliver a community wide benefit especially for young people accessing facilities between the two villages such as Seascale BMX track, Community Fitness Centre and Gosforth play area, youth services and both village schools.

Cumbria County Council led on delivery of the project although a steering group of community residents and parish councillors drove the project forward to engage the community and raise the funding required.

The project was very much dependant on successfully securing landowner permissions.

The project steering group included the Area Highways Manager, Copeland Community Fund Officer, Copeland Borough Council Locality Officer, Sustrans Area Manager, land agents, elected members, cyclists, equestrians and heritage and ecology enthusiasts

Initial application to the Fund was in 2012 when the Fund board approved £100,000 towards a much larger scheme, however other funding was not secured and the scheme had to be streamlined. In May 2016, the Copeland Community Fund board approved a further 100k to meet the shortfall to ensure the project went ahead.

Eileen Eastwood, Seascale resident and Parish Councillor said “I was part of the steering group who drove this project forward, all the time and effort has been very much worthwhile. Being invited to cut the ribbon at the official opening was lovely, a dream for the villagers has turned into reality, the route is very much part of both communities. A newly formed group – Gosforth Amblers Not Ramblers – used the route for their inaugural outing. It’s definetly a cross generation asset in our locality.”

Matthew Reeves, Cumbria Highways Project Lead said “The completion of this project has been a long time coming and all credit to the local community for staying the course. It’s great to see the amount of people who are using the route regularly.”

Other funding from: Cumbria County Council, Sellafield Ltd, LLWR, Mid Copeland Partnership, Gosforth Parish Council, Seascale Parish Council, Cumbria County Member Cllr Clarkson, Cumbria County Council Member Cllr Brown.


Outputs

  • 1 hectare of open space improved
  • 4,000 local people with access to new community sport/health/cultural opportunities/facilities
  • 1 new/improved multi-user facility

Outcomes

  • Creation of a new Public Right of Way (Bridleway) and Sustrans Cycle Route
  • Modal shift from private car use to sustainable transport
  • Provision of a sustainable transport connection for visitors – particularly those arriving by train into the Lake District National Park
  • Increased flora, fauna and wildlife appreciation
  • Increased accessibility between communities

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