The petition to support this cycle path has signatures from people in Newton Abbot, Totnes and the surrounding villages, as well as across the South West, and beyond.
If you believe in sustainable, accessible, healthy transport solutions for all, please sign our petition and help make this happen.
So far we have secured the support of:
- Sustrans (see statement below)
- Sarah Wollaston, the MP for Totnes
- Ben Bradshaw, the MP for Exeter
- Gary Streeter, the MP for South West Devon
- Anne-Marie Morris, the MP for Newton Abbot
- Robert Vint, the Totnes Rural County Councilor
- Rosemary Rowe, the South Brent and Dartington County Councilor
- Gordon Hook, the Newton Abbot South County Councillor
- Alistair Dewhirst, the Teingbridge South County Councillor
- Gaston Dezart, the Bideford East County Councillor
- Frank Biederman, the Fremington Rural County Councillor
- Claire Wright, the Ottery St Mary County Councillor
- Mike Edmunds, the Ilfracombe County Councillor
- Julian Brazil, the Kingsbridge and Stokenham County Councillor
- Richard Younger-Ross, the Teignmouth County Councillor
- Tony Dempster, the Kingsteignton County Councillor
- Many other Devon County Councillors
- Sir Jonathan Porritt, founder of Forum for the Future
- Support from Local Parish Councils – (click on the names of the councils to read their respective letters) Denbury & Torbryan, Littlehempston PC, Totnes TC, Ipplepen, Staverton PC
- Rob Hopkins and Transition Town Totnes
- The GPs in Totnes (Leatside and Katherine House) – Link to the Leatside Surgery letter of support
- The Totnes Police
- Tone Leisure, managers of Totnes Pavilion Leisure Centre – Link to the letter of support
- Support from the following Schools and Colleges (click on the names of the school to read their respective letters): King Edward VI Community College, South Devon College, The Steiner School, Park School, Landscove School, Broadhempston Primary School, The Grove, St Christophers Prep School, St Johns, Dartington CE Primary School, Coombeshead Academy, Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Berry Pomeroy School, Denbury Primary School
The support shown by local schools has been overwhelming and in all cases, has been for the preferred Route 3, using the partially public funded footbridge that currently only accesses the South Devon Steam Railway and the Rare Breeds Farm.
It is great to see that all the local education establishments intuitively understand and support the cycle-path scheme, a scheme that so clearly affects their pupils, both in the present – increasing their ability to access local facilities and public transport, safely and without relying on lifts from parents – and also in the future, educating the next generation and helping reduce the reliance on fossil fuel based transportation.
We also have been given the following statement from Sustrans, the :
“Sustrans urges the completion of National Cycle Route 2 between Newton Abbot and Totnes by Devon County Council as soon as sufficient resources can be made available. We recognise that most of this route will be on minor roads and therefore requires only modest resources to implement, but that the route into Totnes would need to cross the river Dart close to the town. The only safe on road route available for NCN2 is via Staverton bridge and Huxham’s Crosss, which effectively bypasses Totnes as well as missing out villages such as Littlehempston.
Of the various options for a river crossing and connecting routes identified by us and roughly costed by DCC, making use of the existing footbridge to the steam railway company’s station and providing security measures at the station and neighbouring property remains the most attractive and cost- effective option. We strongly urge the landowners and Devon County Council to try and overcome the issues that have so far prevented an agreed design and management of this proposed route, and to identify resources for achieving it as soon as possible. Both Totnes and Newton Abbot are towns benefiting from 3 local sustainable transport fund awards to Devon County Council for projects up to March 2015 and this route would be a fitting addition to the local network and aid the aspirations of all these projects”.
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