Plans for the next phase of California Greenway – the traffic-free multi user route that will link Finchamspstead and the new Arborfield Green development – have gone on show.
The new section of greenway will link the recently opened Phase 1 California Greenway (Finchampstead Baptist Centre to Arborfield Green) to Nine Mile Ride alongside the Country Park access driveway. Plans of the route are now available to view and comment upon online and at California Country Park and the FBC Centre.
The Phase 2 California Greenway is proposed to closely follow the specification of the phase 1 route, although due to some tree close to the route there will be some sections where the width is reduced to 2.5m as opposed the normal 3m. The surface would again be a resin bound mixture of recycled car tyres and gravel on a base of compacted stone. The route would be accessible for wheelchairs, large buggies and cyclists as well as horse riders as well as walkers.
Once approved and built, the new route would provide a multi-purpose link between Nine Mile Ride and Arborfield Green, California Country Park and the Finchampstead Baptist Church Centre, as well as providing for the equestrian link that was widely requested in the Phase 1 consultation. This would enable horse riders to minimise the time they ride on Nine Mile Ride when travelling between Arborfield Green (Commonfield Lane) to the Warren Lane and the White Horse lane/Shepperlands Farm bridleways.
Cllr Norman Jorgensen, executive member environment, sports, environmental health, leisure and libraries, said: “With the official opening of Phase 1 that took place on Saturday (December 2) and now plans out for Phase 2, the Greenways project is really moving on. I am pleased that the equestrian link that was requested in previous consultation has been included and look for forward to more comments on this second phase.”
The council’s aspiration is to have greenways linking the major developments coming to the borough (in Shinfield, Arborfield Garrison and Wokingham) to each other and also to the existing communities and places of interest and employment.
To view and comment on the route, please visit www.wokingham.gov.uk and search for consultations. The consultation will be open until 19 January.