Pathways to new school will be built

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CHILDREN going to a newly built school next month will soon be able to walk and cycle there on new paths.

The routes to the Grace Darling campus of the Northumberland Church of England Academy at Newbiggin will be built to the standards of a national cycle route and be linked in to the network.

The county council has agreed to do the work in response to concern from local families and councillors about muddy tracks to the site.

Coun Alan Thompson, executive member, said: “I am very pleased that the county council has now agreed with this proposal, which has been confirmed and the finance has been found for it.

“It will mean that people can access the school with ease.

“It’s very important because a lot of mothers have to take a six- or seven-year-old child to school and they may have a two- or three-year-old in a pushchair.”

Coun Lorna Anderson asked if the paths could be lit for safety, and she was supported by member of the public Lynn Burn, who said after-school activities would mean youngsters going home in the dark in winter.

Coun Thompson said though the cost had not been finalised, provision had not been made for lighting, but after-school activities would be great for the personal development of the pupils and so might justify the extra funding.

Work on the routes will start in September.