THE village of Gresford is celebrating following news it is to receive £60,000 funding from the Welsh Assembly Government towards the cost of an innovative Safe Route to School scheme.
The news was welcomed by the local Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths who, along with local councillor and school governor Andrew Bailey, has been campaigning for several months to secure the funding from the Government.
The scheme – for All Saints’ Primary School – will involve car sharing, encouraging cycling and developing new walking routes, and will aim to ensure pupils make their way to school in as safe, healthy and environmentally friendly a way as possible.
The money will fund a first phase of works for the scheme which will now go out to consultation.
One new walking route being considered could be from the village’s Memorial Hall. The possibility of traffic calming measures, such as a 20mph limit near the school and a more focused one-way system in the village, will also be explored.
The initiative has been organised by the school and charity Groundwork Wrexham and Flintshire.
Lesley Griffiths said: “This is great news for Gresford and thoroughly deserved. Councillor Bailey approached me to get involved last summer and asked me to lobby the Assembly Government on the school’s behalf to secure this money.
“It is very important that our children travel safely to and from school and I congratulate All Saints’ School for the work they are doing to ensure this happens in Gresford.”
Cllr Bailey said: “I am pleased that months of hard work has paid off and we can now really start to move the scheme forward in the coming months.”