Work starts on £250k footpath to new school

WORK costing £250,000 started this week to put children on the path to a healthier future.

The creation of a cycle track and footpath to Newbiggin’s new all-age Northumberland Church of England Academy campus is intended to encourage pupils to make their way there by bike or on foot.

About £170,000 of the cost of the project is being met by Sustrans, the national sustainable transport charity, and the rest is being put up by Northumberland County Council.

County council executive member and Newbiggin councillor Alan Thompson said: “This is a major achievement for Newbiggin.

“The academy has children aged three to 11, and some of the mothers have to push a pushchair with a little one when they take a five or six-year-old to school.

“The routes to the school were appalling.

“Work will take about eight to ten weeks, so it will be ready for Christmas.”