The intention is to upgrade the two footpath spurs leading to St Peter’s Church and Beeding Bridge to smoother, all-weather surfaces similar to the ‘Walks For All’ paths south of the bridge. Achieving full bridleway status would not be practical, so the current paths will still be designated footpaths but with permissive cycle use. So it will be a win-win for a whole range of local users.
The landowners and government agencies have been approached, and all are supportive. So it’s a case of ‘so far so good’. The next step is to gauge public support.
Plans for the White Bridge Link project are gathering pace. The two drop-in events held in Upper Beeding and Steyning April to get feedback on the scheme were both well attended –
a big thanks to everyone who came along.
They showed there is an encouraging degree of community support for the idea. Here’s a sample of the comments received:
“Brilliant idea – my whole family would definitely use it.”
“Great job guys – please make this happen.”
“A superb initiative… we are thrilled at the thought of our children being able to cycle to school.”
“I have a mobility scooter… this will enable me to get out Steyning and along the river which I cannot do at the moment.”
Whilst feedback was significantly in favour of the project, some concerns were also raised, which will be investigated and reported back on.
With designs now well advanced, the relevant permissions obtained, and initial contractors’ quotes submitted, the next step is to raise the funds to make it happen!
There’s good news on that front. A local charitable trust has made a commitment in principle to provide £125,000 towards the overall project cost of between £250,00 and £300,000. And bids have been submitted to a number of other potential funders.
There are also plans afoot for a crowdfunding campaign to raise part of the costs from the local community. To avoid uncertainty, a decision has been made to hold off the launch of this campaign until more of the funding is in place. Details will be announced here as soon as it’s ready to go.
To help strengthen the project’s fundraising efforts, a short user survey is being conducted to gauge how people would use the new paths and see who might be willing to contribute to a crowdfunding appeal.
Here’s the link to the survey: [Survey is now closed]
We’d appreciate your input!