The first of three phases to transform the cycle way and footpath through Newport, Barnstaple, is now complete.
The Newport Life and Cycle Project was designed in response to local people’s view several years ago that the cycle and pathway had become dark, overgrown, and somewhat unwelcoming.
But now, with innovative designs by artist Nick Meech, developed with Lampard Community School, Newport Primary School and the Barnstaple Tutorial Unit, the revitalised path has become brighter, more interesting, and more fun for people of all ages to use.
The project team has been working with children from Newport Primary School to tackle another important issue raised during previous consultation, designing posters to encourage dog walkers to clean up after their pets. New dog bins will be also installed along the route.
As part of the project, the Police have been tackling a concern that some have had about a perceived fear by people using the path. They have been working with local people to encourage them to write children’s stories that shine light on their fears, and thereby dispel their concerns.
Children from Year 2 classes at Newport Primary School, and members of the Youth Club at Newport Police Community office, have for example, been writing stories about spiders and bats, setting the stories at locations along the path.
Next month, the working group will be involved with a community tree planting event, and helping to start installation of further elements of the project.