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Footpath improvements at Temple Fields

Published 20 March 2024

Work is underway to improve the footpath network at Temple Fields in Buxton as part of the Walk and Ride network identified in the travel plan for the town.

Derbyshire County Council is leading the project on land owned and managed by High Peak Borough Council. Both Councils are funding the work which will see two footpaths resurfaced to provide pedestrian access across fields to encourage people to stick to the paths and use the route all year round.

Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure, said: "We want to encourage everyone in the High Peak to move more everyday to improve their physical and mental health.

"These improvements to footpaths at Temple Fields are welcome and will make a big difference for residents walking into the town centre from Harpur Hill as well as people at Buxton Junior School and Buxton Community School.

"Consultation by Buxton Town Team showed wide support amongst the local community for encouraging walking to and from school so I'm sure they will make good use of these newly surfaced paths."

The work links in with Buxton Town Team's Walk and Ride Network which aims to help residents travel safely around the town sharing place and space.

There are five proposed routes as part of this initiative and these footpaths across  Temple Fields are part of route 3.

Councillor Carolyn Renwick, Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Environment, said: "This is a popular route used by children and adults alike and we're pleased to be working with High Peak Borough Council to improve the paths, providing year-round access across the fields to the town centre and school."