This summer will see a number of significant developments in and around St Mary’s Lands in Warwick to improve accessibility to the open space and racecourse.
On Monday 16 July work will start to resurface the service road to the racecourse to provide more vehicle friendly access to the course for maintenance teams, as well as the vital emergency services, who need access on race-days and for other public events. Work is expected to take around two weeks to complete and officials from the Jockey Club hope that disruption to users will be minimal.
During August the canter-down in front of the Grandstand will be re-laid with a multi-use surface. This much anticipated step, will mean that outside of official Jockey Club use the whole of the 2.5km track will be available to the public for walking, cycling and running and will be much more accessible to those in wheelchairs or with pushchairs.
At the same time Warwickshire County Council will be creating a cycle link to connect the canter-down to the Hampton Road, this is expected to be complete in time for the new school term in September.
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Business, Councillor Noel Butler commented;
“After many years of planning it’s great to see the St Mary’s Lands Working Party Masterplan of improvements taking shape opening up these wonderful facilities and open-spaces for everyone to enjoy.”