Work on Millennium Wood Path Starts At Last!

October 4, 2018 12:33 PM

Cllr Ruth Skelton, Cllr Ruth Skelton and Danielle Lind at the site of the new pathIt has been a long wait, but the work to create the new pathway / cycleway / bridleway from Oaklands Avenue through Millennium Wood and on to Moorway Lane has now started. It is expected to take 8 weeks.

This project is being paid for with money from the Heatherton developers. Since 2012 Labour has delayed the project again and again. In 2015 they even claimed that no local residents wanted this pathway! This was met with an angry response from local residents. The final straw came in December 2015 when the Labour Cabinet wanted to take the money away from this project. Frantic efforts were made behind the scenes to stop this. At the meeting the Cabinet report was withdrawn and it was agreed that the local councillors and Friends of Littleover Parks would work with Parks Officers to come up with a list of what the £330,000+ should be spent on.

This happened between January and May 2016. There was then a year long delay before the spending was approved by Cabinet. During this delay a group of residents took the cause to senior Council Officers to persuade them that the proposals had public support.

Other projects funded with this money are on Sunnydale Park, Heatherton Pond, Millennium Wood, Clemson's Park / King George V Park and Havenbaulk Lane Park.