West Northamptonshire Council has been awarded more than £93,000 of Government funding to help enable and promote cycling and walking in the county.
The joint project between West Northamptonshire Council, Delapré Abbey, the University of Northampton, Northamptonshire Sport, British Cycling and health colleagues aims to deliver free access to cycling and walking activities through social prescribing and run bike re-cycling workshop as part of the redevelopment of former stables adjacent to Delapré Abbey
The grant from the Government’s Active Travel fund will allow feasibility study and development of the recycling hub plans, design and planning of the wider project including routes, and a baseline for measuring its success.
If the feasibility plans are approved by the Department for Transport, it would follow the social prescribing model under which health and care professionals link people with a variety of services which will benefit their mental and physical health.
Richard Clinton, Delapré Abbey Chief Executive told Embrace Radio:
“This feasibility fund will allow us to develop the plans to help create further social prescribing opportunities, building upon the good work of the Thriving Communities programme.
“Alongside this, it will offer opportunities for people to build their skills and reduce isolation as they volunteer to learn how to bring pre-loved bikes back into service.
“And it will ensure those who are perhaps unable to afford the hundreds of pounds they cost are still able to get out cycling with their families.”