Thanks to Cllr Jon Young from Niton and Whitwell Parish Council for sharing. Ed
Villagers are appealing for “Bags of Help” from shoppers to get their footpath project off the ground.
The Ashknowle Lane scheme, which aims to create a safe, all-weather route between Niton and Whitwell, has been shortlisted in a Tesco scheme which benefits community ventures from the proceeds of the government’s 5p carrier bag levy.
Your vote needed
Niton and Whitwell Parish Council – whose “NitWhit” community bus project attracted Island-wide attention earlier this winter – wants Tesco customers to turn out to vote in-store in the coming week, in the hope of topping the “Bags of Help” poll of three local shortlisted projects.
Up for grabs are awards of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000.
What is the Ashknowle Lane project?
Ashknowle Lane, a muddy bridleway, runs parallel to the main Niton-Whitwell road, which has no pavement and a 60mph speed limit.
Parish councillor Jon Boileau Goad said:
“You take your life in your hands trying to walk on that racetrack of a road.”
The plan is to lay a compacted surface suitable for walkers, cyclists and children attending Niton Primary School.
The poll, in all four of Tesco’s Island stores, runs from Saturday (27/2) until Sunday March 6th. The other shortlisted projects are The Hop Yard at Ventnor Botanic Gardens, and Community Action IOW – Riverside Garden in Newport.