Campaign calls for safe path between Gilling West and Richmond

The existing path from Gilling West stops outside the village.

A campaign has been launched calling for a safe walking and cycling path between Gilling West and Richmond.

More than 200 people have signed a petition in just 24 hours after it was started by Gilling resident Janette Povey.

The residents of Gilling and surrounding villages have been asking for a safe route into Richmond for use by cyclists and pedestrians for decades.

Janette was prompted to write to local authorities about the possibility of creating a safe path after reading an article on Richmondshire Today about North Yorkshire County Council receiving an extra £3.9m for road improvements.

Janette said: “Having enjoyed safe cycle rides into town during lockdown, I was dreading a return to the perils of cycling or walking along the road to Richmond once traffic returns to normal.

“I wrote to the council to request a feasibility study for a safe cycle path or footpath between here and town.

“It is not the first time I have written, but it is a few years since my last attempt.

“Reading the Richmondshire Today article about new funding for road improvements I thought we might be in with a chance.”

Janette said accidents were common on the short stretch of road.

“If you look at how many holes there are in the stone walls you will have an idea of just how dangerous it is for all road users.

“The bridge at Oliver has been repaired countless times.”

She said Gilling and surrounding villages would “benefit immensely” from a path.

“It would allow safe and sustainable access to town for people of all ages. It would provide a link to schools and businesses in Richmond.

“It would have a positive  effect on the economy and employment prospects in the area, as not everybody has access to a car.

“The health benefits of walking and cycling are unchallenged, and are to be encouraged if we are to look after the health and well being of our villagers.”

To sign the petition, click here. [kofi]