EHDC grant leads path
the right Wey
group planning a picturesque walk through the centre of Alton has taken
a big step in the right direction thanks to a 15,000 grant from East
Hampshire District Council.
Alton and District Residents' Association (ADRA) hopes to plot a path
which leads from Alton Train Station through the town following the flow
of the River Wey.
The Wey Walk would be an attractive and accessible route through the town for walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users.
15,000 grant from EHDC will help the organisers appoint a project
manager who, among other duties, will apply for the necessary funding to
take the plan forward.
Parker, of ADRA, said: The walk will open up the River Wey to allow
the public to enjoy as it winds right through the town.
stretches of the river are well known but others, such as the part
which runs through the Molson Coors site, have not been open to the
public for a while and are really, really pretty.
walk will lead residents and visitors to places of interest around the
town, and encourage people to get out of their cars and get out and
about to explore Alton.
delighted East Hampshire District Council has been able to offer us
15,000 to keep the project moving forward. This money will allow us to
recruit a project manager who will be able turn this fantastic idea into
a wonderful reality.
walk will link Altons historical points of interest, such as the Allen
Gallery and Curtis Museum, the Civil War battle site and Fanny Adams
grave. It will also bring economic benefits to the town.
Two EHDC councillors, Cllr Glynis Watts and Cllr Adam Carew, have been particularly vocal in supporting the scheme.
Glynis Watts, EHDCs Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said:
This is a brilliant initiative and will benefit the town in so many
The walk will draw
people into Alton from around the area and take them right through the
High Street, so I am sure that our local businesses will reap the
rewards of that.
15,000 EHDC has provided will help propel this project toward the next
crucial stage and I am thrilled we have been able to support it.
Media Contact: Will Parsons, EHDC Communications, 01730 234030
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