Proposal would see cyclepath moved in Rutland

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PLANS to make a cyclepath safer will be discussed at a planning meeting on Tuesday.

A short section of the current cyclepath which loops around Rutland Water is part of the main Lyndon Road in Manton which takes cyclists past the front of Rutland Water Garden Centre.

Rutland County Council is proposing to move the cyclepath, taking cyclists off the road and making the route safer for both cyclists and drivers.

The cyclepath is currently marked by a thick white line but the route is only a two-lane country road and cars have to manoeuvre around cyclists to get past them.

The council had originally planned to build the cyclepath along the bottom of the field behind the garden centre.

But objections from Manton Parish Council and the garden centre owners were taken into consideration and the path was moved to be adjacent to the main road, taking cyclists through part of the garden centre car park.

It will link two other sections of the cyclepath which are already off-road and mean that no parts of the route are on any main roads through the county.

Manton Parish Council has said it fully supports the revised route and now urges Rutland County Council to create the path as soon as possible to eliminate the “potential blackspot”.

The plans have been recommended for approval by planning officers and if they are passed the council has given itself a three-year time scale to complete the project and the associated works.

In 2010 the council opened a section of cyclepath around the back of the Sounding Bridge at Manton so cyclists did not have to dismount and walk their bikes under the bridge.

The work is part of an ongoing scheme to create an entirely off-road cycle and hiking path around the reservoir.

Members of the development control and licensing committee will discuss the plans at Catmose at 6pm on Tuesday.

They will also discuss the planning application for a new petrol station in Oakham.

Developer Hawksmead has applied to build a six-pump station with a kiosk and car wash on land on the corner of Lands’ End Way and Burley Park Way.

Planning officers have recommended the plans for approval.

If planning permission is given for the petrol station, Hawksmead will start to look for a partner company to build it and run it.

Langham Parish Council says the petrol station is in the parish of Barleythorpe and that to say it is in Oakham is misleading.

It recommended that the plans be refused on the grounds that there was no demand for another petrol station in the area.