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Cash secured for Pond path revamp

Cash secured for Pond path revamp

5:48pm 27th January 2012

A local community group is celebrating after successfully securing £2,000 towards the introduction of a circular path around Chapman's Pond nature area in Dringhouses.

Labour councillor Anna Semlyen, who is Vice Chair of the Friends of Chapman's Pond, said the money has been secured from the York Pride Community Challenge Fund and Two Ridings Community Foundation after she made funding bids for the improvement of the area. 

She comments:

"The money will pay for a footpath at the pond and nature reserve off Moor Lane in Dringhouses. Although the entire footpath project envisaged is more costly, the money can be used towards match funding to up the budget, while a further £1,200 is available as a result of agreements relating to planning permissions granted locally.

"The aim is to build a circular footway and alter the gate access for people with wheelchairs or prams. It's a great start to what we have planned for the area".

Further bids are being submitted along with the preparation of a management plan for the nature reserve. And local residents are being urged to attend a clear up morning on 3rd February from 9am.

"Improvements like the path are important to upgrade the leisure amenity of the site", says Anna. "It's a wonderful part of the ward and I'm keen to see it better used.  It's important people enjoy but also respect it though and hopefully there will be less need for litter picks in future".

Anyone with ideas, volunteers or expertise to offer The Friends of Chapman's Pond is invited to submit them to Anna Semlyen cllr.asemlyen@york.gov.uk or to her by post to the Guildhall.  Membership of the Group is free.

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