Core Meeting – 5th September 2012

Jim chaired this meeting, which had 28 in attendance – apparently a record, and with several people there for the first time.

Energy

While stressing that the group looks at various projects and ideas, and that small-scale ideas are always welcome, Gillian concentrated her report on the Hydro project.  A recent presentation (22 Aug) had provided a realistic appraisal of technical and financial aspects.  The latter were less promising than at the start of the project, but there had been clear support for continuing.

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Paths for Communities (P4C)

A new grant scheme called ‘Paths for Communities’ (P4C), run by Natural England, offers grants of £5,000 to £150,000 to communities to create new routes that will bring social or economic benefits e.g. improved road safety, tourism opportunities, a missing access network link, to the local area.

The scheme began in May this year and runs until the end of March 2014. For more details of this £2 million scheme – see www.naturalengland.org/p4c

If you know of a footpath or a route with no known classification that would bring community benefit if it was upgraded to bridleway then please let me know even if the likely cost will be below the minimum £5000 as the approach we are taking in Northumberland is to assemble clusters. Horse riders, walkers and mountain bikers in the region are working together. Please contact Ted Liddle via info@transitiontynedale.org

Ted Liddle