Last update: August 2022
Derby City Council have exciting plans for rewilding Allestree Park – the largest urban rewilding project in the country. As part of these plans the Council wishes to ensure that travel to the Park (and travel within the Park) can be done by cycle and we’ve been in discussions about how best to link the Park to the existing Derby cycle network.
As the Park is right on the edge of the Derby City Council area, some of the obvious linkages (e.g. towards Duffield) are in the Derbyshire County Council area and we’ve also been in discussion with key people in Derbyshire and are working to bring the two Councils together to explore the opportunities in partnership.
It’s still early days in defining specific solutions but there is willingness at the highest levels in the Councils to ensure the Park is well connected for cycle, walking and bus access.
Gez Kinsella, the County Councillor for Duffield and Belper South (the area directly adjoining the Park) has been an excellent ally in bringing the right people together and in pushing for a well rounded solution incorporating the travel issues.