At a recent meeting of East Devon District Council’s Development Management Committee planning was approved for a new 3 metre-wide surfaced multi-user trail at Clyst St Mary (from the bridge over the Grindle Brook at Winslade Park) to Kenniford Farm in Clyst St George.
A total length of 1.1 kilometres it will form part of the Clyst Valley Trail which, when complete, will be a 13-km (8 mile) commuting and leisure route linking the Exe Estuary Trail at Darts Farm with Killerton House & Park via an existing multi-use trail from Broadclyst. It will provide a safe, green route for commuters travelling to work in the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone, including Exeter Science Park and Skypark, as well providing leisure and recreational opportunities for residents of existing and newly developed homes.
Cllr Ian Thomas, Leader of East Devon District Council commented: ‘This decision to approve the new trail is the first, important step towards delivering the Clyst Valley Regional Park….the Clyst Valley Trail will form the spine of the new Regional Park enabling people to explore the diverse places to be found on route….people will be able to join the Trail from many points east and west, but most particularly from new residential and business communities at Cranbrook, Mosshayne, Pinhoe, Exeter Science Park and Skypark….’
The next step to bring the plans to fruition will see East Devon District Council submit a bid to the Rural Development Programme for England to fund construction of this 1.1km section in 2019. Local people can get involved in the early stages by helping to plant trees and restore the parkland along the trail at Bishops Court this winter. Contact Simon Bates on firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> for more information.