Residents and trail users invited to have their say about Pedal Peak project
Residents are being invited to have their say about a project to link the Monsal Trail into Matlock as part of the White Peak Loop scheme.
The proposed new route would take the existing trail from Bakewell through the Haddon Estate to Rowsley and follow the route of the railway line to Matlock.
Details of the development will be available to view at a number of public drop-in events where plans will be on display from 22-31 August.
The project is part of the Pedal Peak Project which aims to create four new cycle routes which will take cyclists and walkers into and through the Peak District National Park from the surrounding urban areas.
The project has been given a £5 million grant from the Government's Department for Transport and a further £2.5 million has been added by us, Peak District National Park Authority, Staffordshire County Council, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and Sheffield City Council.
Councillor Andy Botham, our Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said:
These plans will help to make Derbyshire an even better place to visit for many cyclists and walkers which will help to improve tourism and boost the local economy.
"We are keen to hear what residents and local trail users have to say about the plans and hope as many people as possible will attend our open exhibitions."
We have been negotiating with landowners and relevant organisations about the plans and expects to submit a planning application in late September.
If the plans are accepted work could start early in 2015 and could be complete by March 2016.
The consultation events will be taking place at:
The Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale
Friday 22 August - Sunday 31 August, 8am-10pm from Monday to Sat, 8.30am-4.30pm on Sunday
Arc Leisure Centre, Matlock
Friday 22 August, 11am-7pm (staffed exhibition)
Saturday 23 August, 8am-7pm
Sunday 24 August, 8am-8pm
Monday 25 August, 6.30am-10pm
Tuesday 26 August, 6.30am-10pm
Rowsley Village Hall
Wednesday 27 August, 11am-7pm (staffed exhibition)
Thursday 28 August, 9am-5pm (staffed exhibition)
Peak District National Park Visitor Centre, Bakewell
Friday 29 August, 10am-5pm
Saturday 30 August, 9.30am-5pm (staffed exhibition)
Sunday 31 August, 9.30am-5pm