Charity bridges funding gap

Charity collection bucket.
Charity collection bucket.

A new footpath and bridge to a popular walkers’ spot in Doncaster has been opened with a cash boost from a walking charity.

The new right of way links Leger Way to one of the town’s most loved woods at Sandall Beat.

The Peak and Northern Footpaths Society provided £1,720 of funding for a new bridge over the channel.

In return for the cash to pay for the materials, Doncaster Council has dedicated the footpath as a new public right of way – the 589th in the borough.

Councillor Bill Mordue, Doncaster Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said he is delighted with this successful partnership working which comes hot on the heels of the Council empowering charities and community groups to come forward and make a difference – in light of severe budget cuts to come.

He said: “The Council is keen to support low-cost initiatives that increase opportunities for healthy activities like walking, jogging and running.

“The initiative of our Public Rights of Way Team has resulted in an important addition to the rights of way network in Doncaster. This is a very popular route from the nearby suburbs in and out of Sandall Beat Woods.

“The Peak and Northern Footpaths Society was very supportive throughout the process. By working together it is the perfect example of what can be achieved by working with community groups in these tough economic times - what a successful outcome.”