Meeting to debate cycle link to Derby and Matlock

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A plan to link-up Belper to Derby and Matlock with a cycle route will be the topic of a public meeting this week.

The idea, which involves extending the Peak District National Park’s cycleway to the Derwent Valley Mills Heritage site, will be debated at Belper Town FC on Saturday, October 11.

Organised by the Derwent Valley Cycleway Group, attendees will be invited to give their own ideas on the route and suggestions on aspects such as publicity, funding and gaining further support.

Last year, Mid Derbyshire MP, Pauline Latham convened the group’s inaugural meeting after speaking in the Commons about the subject, where there was strong support for the cycle route which would extend from Matlock to Derby.

Since then, the group, under the chairmanship of Derek Latham has been working to promote the idea, which has attracted support from public bodies, cycle groups and members of the public alike.

The group’s forthcoming meeting will outline the progress made to date and report on work to find suitable routes and highlight any potential obstacles, the objective also being to link in the north at Matlock with existing and planned routes into the Peak Park.

The meeting, in the Nailers Function Room at the Belper Football Club Stadium starts at 10.30am.