Roding Valley to receive £100k from Boris after residents’ backing in online poll
PUBLISHED: 10:26 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:26 26 March 2015
A project to transform the Roding valley and create a new riverside cycle path is to receive a six-figure grant after residents backed it in an online poll.
Riding the Roding has been awarded £105,000 from the Mayor of London’s Big Green Fund after almost 1,300 people supported it.
The initiative will make the space accessible to walkers, cyclists and disabled people, creating a new cycle path between Wanstead Park Road Recreation Ground in Ilford and Redbridge Roundabout, Redbridge.
Cllr Wes Streeting, cabinet member for health and wellbeing for Redbridge Council, said: “I’m delighted that we have been successful in our bid for funding and I’d like to thank everybody who took the time to vote for the project.
“Your votes mean that this incredibly worthwhile scheme can now become a reality and I look forward to seeing the impact it will have on the area and the increased accessibility it will give to people who want to enjoy one of the many excellent outdoor spaces in Redbridge.”
It will connect the already completed south and north sections of the Roding Valley Way greenway, making safe cycling and walking possible from Newham through Redbridge and into Essex.
The project will enhance the river too through improvement works to enhance the ecology of the river and providing a better habitat for birds such as kingfishers.
The popular Coronation footbridge – the main access point into Wanstead Park for residents the other side of the A406 – will also be re-opened.
Six other projects across London have also been chosen to receive a share of £900,000.
The Duke’s River Link in Richmond and Hounslow will receive £157,500, Firs Farm Wetlands in Enfield will receive £175,000, Stanmore Marsh Restoration scheme in Harrow will receive £175,000, Thamesmead Thames Path Transformation in Greenwich will receive £122,500, The Wetlands to Wetlands Greenway in Hackney will receive £120,000 and Access to Wandle Park in Croydon will receive £58,800.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “We have received incredible interest in the Big Green Fund from every corner of London and are delighted that we can fund all seven of these fantastic projects.”
Simon Hughes, the Environment Agency’s Deputy Director London said: “The Big Green Fund is a great way to improve Londoners’ local environment and achieve other benefits such as helping to reduce flood risk.”
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