Official opening of new pathway link

THE official opening of a pathway which makes it safer and easier to travel between Sleaford and Leasingham will take place on Saturday, September 22.

With highways works close to completion to finish off the first phase of the Connect 2 Leasingham to Sleaford Link, people from both communities are invited to join in the celebrations from 10am to noon.

A procession of walkers, cyclists, wheelchair users and others who will benefit from the path bridging the A17 will journey along the route from Carre’s Grammar School – leaving at 10am – through to Leasingham Primary School. People are also invited to head south from Leasingham along the path to join the official opening on the bridge at around 10.30am.

It will mark completion of a five year community–led project involving residents, town, parish, district and county councils, and the sustainable transport charity Sustrans.

Riders of vintage cycles, Sleaford Concert Band, police cyclists, school children, local MP Stephen Phillips and local Olympic and Paralympic torchbearers are among those expected to take part.

The official opening will be carried out by Leasingham’s Graham Arnold and Sleaford’s Debbie Scott, who have championed the route and also Leasingham schoolboy Oliver Harding who is one of the three cyclists featured on the route’s sculptural bench.