It was originally planned that the new Landhouse (Marksdane) development at Cuckoo Hill would be connected to Bruton by a path suitable for pedestrians and cyclists. Unfortunately the path has disappeared from the planning application. We would love to see this path reinstated.
A multi-use path (suitable for pedestrians, cyclists, pushchairs, disability scooters etc) would not only benefit the new residents but also the existing residents. We believe it could be completed in three phases. Phase 1 could be undertaken when the Landhouse development is constructed. Phase 2 with the proposed health centre and eventually phase 3 providing the final links. We would love to see the land surrounding the path become an informal park with features such as art works, picnic benches, nature trails and even an outdoor gym. It could become a real asset to the town that would be used by all residents.
This new housing development will create significant additional journeys as people drive to and from work, the schools and the town centre facilities. This will put pressure on streets such as Quaperlake and Coombe Street as well as adding to the parking problems in the town centre. Such a path would encourage people to walk or cycle therefore limiting these problems. There would also be a direct benefit to the environment.
If you would like to see this path go ahead then please take 5 minutes to object (select the ‘comments’ tab) to the current plans in which no path is included. We will also be holding a fun critical mass cycle event (scooters, wheelchair users, skateboarders, disability scooters, pushchairs, pedestrians all welcome) on the morning of Sunday the 11th October to highlight the need for alternative paths in Bruton. We will publish more details nearer the time. There is also now a petition that you can sign.