Seafront cycle and activity hub proposal in Weston-super-Mare

Published on 20/06/2017

Proposals for a cycle hub/activity centre at the southern end of the promenade in Weston-super-Mare are outlined in a report going to North Somerset Council’s Executive on Tuesday (20 June).

The report says the council has successfully bid for £1.254m funding from the Department for Transport’s Access Fund to support a number of sustainable travel initiatives over the next three years.

It seeks approval to use some of this funding to progress the development of a proposed activities centre contained within a new building at the southern end of the seafront. This will complement the new Brean Down Way walking and cycling route from Weston to Brean, which will be officially opened on Friday 7 July.

The report says the proposed centre will provide “an activity, ecology and education facility for families, schools, walkers, cyclists, kite surfers and windsurfers amongst other activities”.

The council’s deputy leader, Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, said: “The centre plans to provide a base for a state-of-the-art digital bicycle hire facility, bicycle maintenance service, a café and facilities catering for other extreme sports, such as tuition, lessons and rental hire, showers, pressure washers for equipment and a picnic/barbecue area.

“The centre plans to provide a base for a state-of-the-art digital bicycle hire facility, bicycle maintenance service, a café and facilities catering for other extreme sports, such as tuition, lessons and rental hire, showers, pressure washers for equipment and a picnic/barbecue area.

“This will provide a year-round destination building for local people and visitors alike, generating local jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.

“The centre will add to the regeneration of Weston and will provide interesting, fun and healthy activities for local people to try and undertake, whilst also bringing in tourists and providing revenue and jobs.”

If given the go-ahead by the Executive, the money from the Access Fund will enable the necessary work to be done to progress the project to the planning application stage. There would then be public consultation and funding would be sought for the building itself.

The report going to Executive can be viewed at http://apps.n-somerset.gov.uk/cairo/docs/doc28132.pdf.