County Councillor Paula Black says:
The people in and around Totnes and Littlehempston desperately need this route to go ahead, and to do so with speed. Why should the residents and visitors be denied a safe cycle-way to link our communities, it would bring green-tourism, health and social benefits for so many. Lets us move this forward in a positive manner.
Paula Black – Devon County Cllr for Totnes & District
County Councillor Gordon Hook says:
This cycleway is not simply an optional add on, it’s a vital alternative transport link between Totnes and ultimately Newton Abbot and onwards to Teignmouth. It is an economic and environmental necessity and has my 100% unequivocal support as has your excellent campaign.
Gordon Hook – Devon County Cllr for Newton Abbot South and Chair DCC Environment, Economy and Culture Committee.
County Councillor Dennis Smith says:
The completion of the cycle network is something that can only be of benefit to the local community and has my complete support. For those who leisure ride and those who commute cycling along the A381 is no longer an option given the speed of traffic flow. Along with others I fail to see why this cannot go ahead, the perceived vandalism is surely just a lame excuse. If vandals were going to cross the bridge and attack the station they would have done it by now.
Well done for getting this site up and running and I wish you every success.
Dennis Smith – Devon County Cllr for Teignbridge South
Town Councillor Alan Gorman says:
Totally support this campaign to open – or, if the historians among us are right, reopen – this vital cycle route. And please can I put a word in for WALKERS? Those of us who prefer to travel at walking pace don’t particularly appreciate being blown into the hedge by passing lorries any more than cyclists do. Establishing a safe route between Totnes and Littlehempston will not only benefit the health and wellbeing of local residents and visitors, it will also set an important precedent for future green travel developments.
Alan Gorman – Totnes Town Cllr
District Councillor Robert Vint says:
We need an integrated and continuous cycle network across the SouthWest and this cannot be achieved without a link across the River Dart between Totnes and Littlehempston. It would be crazy if the one break in the network that prevented it from working was in a town famed internationally for its environmental credentials – a town that is working hard to implement a Green Travel Plan and to promote a wide range of alternatives to the private car. I hope that the administrative obstacles to completion can soon be overcome.
Robert Vint – South Hams District Cllr for Totnes Town
Town Councillor Jacqi Hodgson says:
If we are to make any meaningful progress with our transition away from fossil fuels we have to support the opening up of safe cycle paths. This proposed route is essential to link Totnes and Littlehempston as well as supporting the national cycle network. It is in the wider public interest that all of us should be supporting this new route. I look forward to riding my bike along it very soon. Well done to all concerned who have been working on opening this route
Jacqi Hodgson – Totnes Town Cllr
Town Councillor Anna Lunk says:
It would be great for the people of Littlehempston – and beyond – to have a safe cycle/pedestrian route into Totnes. If the Bourtons could be linked into the route it would then be possible for residents to walk/cycle the short distance into Totnes – at the moment they are car reliant – The Newton Abbot road is not a safe pedestrian walkway.
The route would also give the people of Totnes – and visitors – safe access out into the countryside – thus enlarging the existing network of cycle routes which are so very popular (to Dartington and out towards Sharpham).
Grren Tourism is a growing part of the industry – how wonderful if visitors could arrive in Totnes by train and then have a choice of cycle routes to local attractions.
The popularity of cycle routes in other parts of the West Country – the Tarka Trail in North Devon and the Camel Trail in North Cornwall are examples of how such routes can benefit their localities.
Anna Lunk – Totnes Town Cllr