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The Deepings receives a special recognition award from the Ramblers Association for putting walking at the heart of its neighbourhood plan




The Deepings has received a special recognition award for putting walking at the heart of its neighbourhood plan.

Thanks to the work of Pam Byrd from the neighbourhood plan group, the Deepings won praise from the Ramblers Association for the Deepings Green walk.

This project includes plans to create a nine-mile walking circuit around Market Deeping and Deeping St James, the green network which will link key facilities by foot and adding benches, signage and information posts.

Pam Byrd, Sir John Hayes MP and Debbie Jones at the awards event
Pam Byrd, Sir John Hayes MP and Debbie Jones at the awards event

Pam and fellow group member, Debbie Jones, received the award during a reception at the House of Commons on July 10.

Pam Byrd, said: “We are absolutely thrilled. It was really good to have that recognition.

“I think they said there were 80 entries from across the country for the best walking neighbourhood in Britain.

“The judges looked at our application and they could see that people were not just walking for leisure or pleasure.

“People can walk to where they need to go in the Deepings, whether that be the shops, schools or medical centre.

“It’s also about trying to reduce to amount of single journey car use.”

Pam added the special recognition award was a 'team effort'.

The Ramblers Association also praised the Deepings for having well-signed walking routes, the community library and the campaign for a bypass road.

Falkirk was the overall winner.

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