Are we on the right path? Consultations launched on North Northants Greenway

Walking and cycling

21 September 2023

Greenway with people walking along it

North Northamptonshire Council are asking residents and stakeholders for their views on two consultations around the Greenway in the local area.

One of the consultations looks at an overarching strategy for the future of the Greenway in North Northants, whilst the other looks at a proposed route between Wellingborough and Rushden.

The strategy for the North Northamptonshire Greenway looks to grow on the work started in the legacy East Northants area and it complements the works being completed in the more urban area of North Northants to improve walking, wheeling and cycling infrastructure.

The 1st consultation on the strategy asks for views on proposed routes, prioritisation of the routes, the vision of the Greenway strategy and funding options.

The 2nd consultation looks at a proposed route between Wellingborough and Rushden, including whether the suggested route is the most suitable and how likely residents are to use the route. Both consultations also ask for individuals to sign up to be ‘Greenway Champions.’

The Greenway is a great asset that residents in the former East Northants area have seen grow and use over the years. With the Unitary Council covering a greater area, this now gives us the opportunity to look to expand the Greenway across the whole of North Northamptonshire, connecting our larger towns and the more rural areas by providing routes for walking, wheeling and cycling safely, and access to employment whilst enjoying our fantastic countryside. Alongside improving the connectivity, the plans will help make our countryside more accessible, meaning more people can get out and about, enjoying our beautiful surroundings and improving their health and wellbeing.

The vision is clear, but we need to hear from you - whether you currently use the Greenway or would like to see a route developed near you, this is your chance. We are also looking for ‘Greenway Champions’ - people who can help us spread the word about the benefits in their local area, please do get involved.
Cllr Helen Howell, Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Member for Sport, Leisure, Culture and Tourism
We continue to work with partners on finding ways to develop the Greenway, alongside other more sustainable travel routes, but we also need residents to help shape the routes - take a look at both consultations and have your say before 1 November.Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council

Your voice matters…

Both consultations can be completed online via North Northamptonshire Council’s consultation hub and will be open until 1 November 2023.

Alternatively you can email [email protected] or write to Greenway consultation response, North Northamptonshire Council, East Northamptonshire House, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, NN14 4LZ.