Go-ahead for cycle route from harbourside to Goodrington
PLANS to extend the cycle route from Paignton harbour to Goodrington have moved a step closer.
The new route was first mooted in April last year but was put on the back burner because of funding and legal issues.
Now, Torbay Council's transport working party has unanimously agreed to press ahead with plans.
Details of the exact route will go to local groups for consultation.
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Cllr Darren Cowell, committee member, said: "I support the extension of the network because this is a superb area for cyclists."
Phase one of the scheme includes a signed route from Paignton harbour, using Roundham Road and Cliff Road. It involves a widened and designated foot and cycleway across Roundham Head, along the coastal footway, with more lighting.
The route is intended to link to Roundham Gardens, via a signed route along Alta Vista Road and Braeside Road, to link Roundham Head and Goodrington North.
There will be a shared footpath/cyclepath through Youngs Park to Tanners Road.
Work could start early next year.
Phase two of the scheme includes a signed route in the Tanners Road/Quaywest area.
There will be a shared cycle/footpath to the landward side of the Goodrington south promenade.
Cyclists will have to dismount through the narrow section of south promenade, up to the railway bridge at Cliff Park Road.
There will be a signed route through Cliff Park Road up to the Waterside shops.
A shared foot/cycleway to the wide footway in front of Waterside shops will link to existing cycle facilities on Dartmouth Road.
Work could start next autumn.
Consultation is to take place with community partnerships, ward councillors, parks friends groups and beach hut users.
Cllr Nicole Amil, committee member said: "I know that members of the Friends of Youngs Park and the Goodrington Action Group are concerned.
"They are concerned about the conservation area and they want to be consulted and make sure their representations are taken on board."
Cllr Mike Morey told the committee: "Coming from the posh end of the Bay I pass by the Waterside shops almost every day.
"If you're talking about using the pavement then there must be clear designated paths. During the summer it gets packed with people. I don't want to see a tiddly little line."
Robert Excell, lead member for transport said that shared spaces are known to work.
He said: " I am not a great lover of shared spaces because I feel that pavements are there for pedestrians but the government says we can do it and it does work.
"There will be plenty of signage to ensure people know what they should and should not be doing. The key is to keep the speed down.
"We are becoming a cycling destination and we should encourage it."