Published: Thursday, 15th December 2022

Following the precautionary suspension of works on a section of the Newbold Comyn cycle trails, Warwickshire Police investigated concerns and concluded that no wildlife has been harmed.

The Council and its contractors are working closely with the relevant regulatory bodies to update the plans, so a suitable solution is achieved for wildlife and the provision of this important public, recreation facility.

Councillor Andrew Day, Leader of Warwick District Council, said: “We promptly reported our concerns to the Police and thank them for their considered response. Wildlife by its nature is ‘wild’; often moving location to take advantage of changing environments, so I’m pleased to see that the protection measures have worked, with the Police confirming that no harm has been caused.

"Our officers and contractors will continue to operate to the highest ecological standards, to maintain the necessary balance between the needs of humans and nature, so all can safely enjoy our beautiful, shared green spaces.

“Plans will be updated to take account of these changing circumstances, based on the advice of the ecologists and the regulatory bodies supporting the project. I’m confident that a suitable solution can be found.”

In the meantime, work on most of the trails continues as planned. Councillor Day added: “Many keen cyclists are eager to start using the trails as they take shape, but I ask that even though some sections may look ready, that we hold on until the safety checks are completed.

"Rest assured that just as soon as we’re able, we’ll open this much anticipated new facility for everyone to enjoy. In the meantime, let’s stay safe and follow the advice given on the signage in this construction area.”

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