Recycling is successful

Volunteer technicians in the new bike workshop.
Volunteer technicians in the new bike workshop.

An initiative to get old bicycles repaired and back on the roads has got off to a great start.

The recycling scheme set up by WATBike to refurbish old bikes saw more than a dozen bikes repaired in the first few days of its launch.

Officials are hoping to have restored more than 100 bikes before the end of the month.

Cycle development manager Colin Hall said: “We hope to achieve 100 bikes restored during May.

“The repaired bikes will be used for local community groups and sold off cheaply to support local charity WATBus. This project saves bikes going to waste and benefits our local community.

“It’s very exciting, we have six people signed up to learn how to maintain their own bikes and we can supervise anyone who wants to use our workshop and tools for DIY or we can carry out the repairs.”

Anyone who wants to donate a bike or more information on the workshop and training should contact (01670) 522999 or email