Labour councillors urged to rethink Trans Pennine Trail funding cut


Labour councillors are being urged to rethink a funding cut to the Trans Pennine Trail.

The 215 mile trail, stretching from Southport on the west coast to Hornsea in the east, is open to walkers and cyclists, and those riding horses.

As part of their budget earlier this year Labour councillors stopped funding the Trans Pennine Trail partnership. The partnership of 27 local authorities has two national officers and helps to promote and manage the trail.

Hull’s Labour administrations decision to cut the funding could jeopardise the ‘branded’ route, funding and the two national officers jobs.

Current visitor numbers indicate that the part of the trail through Hull is popular, leading to visitors spending money in the area. 

Councillor Terry Keal commented: “The Trans Pennine Trail is an important part of what Hull has to offer tourists and locals alike. Locally many people young and old use the trail, particularly the stretch from Hull to Hornsea. I know for instance the East Park disabled cycle scheme uses the trail as it offers them the opportunity to get out into the countryside away from the busy traffic.”

“I’m also surprised the funding has been cut given that the route passes by many of the regions most recognisable landmarks. You would think the administration would want to keep it going for 2017 if nothing else.”

“As part of the Lib Dems alternative budget we rejected the Trans Pennine Trail funding cut,” added Terry. “We will continue to oppose the cut and are calling on Labour councillors to reverse their decision.” 


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