Local MP Andrew Jones joined cycling enthusiasts for the re-opening of the Beryl Burton Cycleway at the weekend.
The surface of the cycleway had become very badly pitted and drainage was poor. It seemed for a time that there would only half of the cycleway would be made good due to a shortfall of funds from North Yorkshire County Council.
However, encouraged by Andrew – who contacted the Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for the cycleway, Councillor Gareth Dadd, and local Councillors who raised the issue at full Council in Northallerton, North Yorkshire County Council and Harrogate Borough Council joined forces to ensure a full resurfacing and drainage scheme was completed.
There was quite a gathering which wasn’t surprising as the Beryl Burton Cycleway is a popular route. It is easy to see a real enthusiasm for cycling in our area and the facilities are improving to meet that enthusiasm.
I continued to be impressed by the expertise of our local cycling groups and the way they work with our local councils so that their expertise is utilised to provide new and better facilities.
This fit-for-purpose cycleway made possible through collaboration between local councils and volunteers shows the way ahead as we prepare for next year’s Tour de France spectacular in Harrogate and Knaresborough.
Photograph Andrew Jones MP with cyclists, Councillors and local people at the Knaresborough entrance to the cycleway.