Penistone MP welcomes repairs to Cut Gate
Angela Smith, Member of Parliament for Penistone and Stocksbridge and keen walker has today welcomed the news that Cut Gate bridleway is to be repaired after the Peak District National Park was awarded a grant of almost £30,000 from the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA).
Cut Gate bridleway within Angela’s constituency has proved its popularity with walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders by gaining the most public votes (57%) in the ‘Eco-tourism, Forest and Mountain’ category of EOCA’s international online competition.
The repair project is part of the British Mountaineering Council’s (BMC) Mend Our Mountains national campaign – the BMC entered Cut Gate into the competition with support on the bid from the Moors for the Future Partnership.
The project is being championed by user groups including Peak District MTB, Ride Sheffield, Peak Horsepower and Keeper of the Peak, who are promoting the campaign and supporting the fundraising effort.
Commenting Angela, said;
“Cut Gate is one of the most popular routes for people walking or biking in the area. Unfortunately that has taken its toll on the delicate environment and condition of the path. This funding will not only restore the path but hopefully protect it for future generations to enjoy.
I would also like to say a big thank you to all those people who voted for this Cut Gate with it securing more than half the votes available, it just shows how valuable this path is to people.
Sarah Slowther, fundraising development manager for the Peak District National Park Authority, said:
“We are absolutely delighted that Cut Gate has won this significant grant from the European Outdoor Conservation Association.
“It’s a great boost to this partnership fundraising campaign and we want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who voted for Cut Gate – it’s a real partnership effort and it wouldn’t have happened without you.
“The fact that Cut Gate secured over half of the votes in the category, up against three other fantastic conservation projects, reminds us how well-loved the route is by everyone who uses it.”
The fundraising effort is still continuing and if people want to donate to the campaign to repair Cut Gate they can by going to mendmountains.thebmc.co.uk/donations/cut-gate.