Fenland MP Steve Barclay has joined forces with Chatteris councillor Florence Newell to ensure the town has a new cycleway if proposals for a new gas pipeline get the go-ahead.
Pretoria Energy Ltd have submitted an application to lay the pipeline from its anaerobic digester at Mepal to Chatteris and both the MP and the councillor are keen to see the town gain some benefit from the disruption the work is likely to cause.
Mr Barclay, MP for North East Cambridgeshire, has been campaigning for improved cycleways and believes the gas pipeline, if it gets the go-ahead from Fenland District Council, is an ideal opportunity to see one provided as part of planning conditions.
Linking Chatteris to the Mepal Outdoor Centre safely for cyclists has been a long-term ambition of Mr Barclay’s and Mrs Newell is also keen to see the route introduced.
He said: “I am working with councillor Newell to make a case that if the pipeline goes ahead then there is a requirement for a cycle lane to be built on top of it along its whole length. The decision on whether or not the application is approved lies with councillors. However if they choose to approve the pipeline then I am urging them to link any such approval to include a requirement for a cycleway, which will safely open up the countryside for cyclists.”