Lottery money dished out to improve routes in leicester

Watermead plans on show

The plans for a £1.4 million scheme to improve links in and around Watermead Country Park in Leicester will continue on a tour of local libraries today.

Watermead won £700,000 towards the project through the People’s £50million lottery fund in December last year. The £50 million was shared between 79 similar ‘Connect2’ schemes up and down the country, following a public vote. 42 per cent of the public voted for ‘Connect 2’.

Work is expected to start before the summer and will be completed over the next five years.

Plans to detail the various aspects of the project, including new bridges, paths and road crossings will be on show at local libraries. People can have at look at the individual schemes which form the project and ask questions about or comment on the proposals.

The Connect2 display will be at Thurmaston Library from today until Tuesday 25th March and then move on to Loughborough Library until Friday 4th April. Further venues for the plans to go on display will be announced.

Ernie White, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “We are delighted to have won the money and now we just want to get on with making these exciting plans happen. The park itself is already pretty good for cyclists.

"The changes over the next five years will greatly improve accessibility into and around the park for everybody who uses it.”

Updates on the scheme will appear on

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