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Friday, October 06, 2017

West Lancashire Green Infrastructure and Cycling Strategy adopted

An exciting strategy for green spaces, walking and cycling routes in West Lancashire has been adopted by the Borough Council.

The Green Infrastructure and Cycling Strategy will establish a high quality, accessible network of green infrastructure and cycling that links the Borough's major settlements with one another and with visitor attractions.

Green infrastructure is the connected network of open spaces, green corridors and inland waterways around us that can deliver a wide range of benefits, including providing wildlife habitats, creating an attractive environment and giving opportunities for sustainable forms of travel including walking and cycling with associated health benefits.

A public consultation on the draft strategy took place earlier this year. The responses were taken into account in making changes to produce the final published strategy.

The strategy contains a wide range of future projects and initiatives to be delivered over the coming years. This includes the "West Lancashire Wheel" which would create a circular cycling route between Skelmersdale, Ormskirk, Burscough and Parbold by delivering two of four linear parks (Skelmersdale-Ormskirk and Ormskirk-Burscough) and by adding to and improving existing cycling routes. Two further linear parks are also planned as part of the strategy at Banks and along the River Douglas between Tarleton and Hesketh Bank.

The document will be used to guide planning decisions, allocate Community Infrastructure Levy monies towards projects and identify partners and other sources of funding to deliver schemes. The strategy will be updated as projects progress and new projects are identified and added in.

Cllr John Hodson, Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “The Council would like to thank people and organisations for their comments upon the draft Green Infrastructure and Cycling Strategy. The strategy has now been finalised and is an exciting vision that will help the Council deliver impressive projects over the coming years to improve the environment, enhance opportunities for recreation and provide further opportunities for travel other than by car."

For further details about the adopted Green Infrastructure and Cycling Strategy contact the Council's Strategic Planning and Implementation Team by calling 01695 585393 or by emailing localplan@westlancs.gov.uk.

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