A feasibility study into the construction of a new path from St Dogmaels to Poppit Sands has been awarded funding by Arwain Sir Benfro.
Arwain Sir Benfro – the Local Action Group (LAG) for Pembrokeshire, administered by PLANED has provided funding of £14,999 to Grwp Llwybr Poppit Path Group for the Poppit Path Feasibility Study. This is funded through the LEADER programme, which is part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, Funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
Tim Tagg, Chair of Grwp Llwybr Poppit Path Group said: “For many years we have known about the danger and difficulty of travelling safely from St Dogmaels to Poppit Sands beach by any means other than by car. It’s a year round problem but especially noticeable in the summer time when we welcome many visitors to the area. The road is single track at many points and there is not enough room for pedestrians, buggy users or cyclists to make their way safely.
“We hope that the construction of a multi use path from St Dogmaels to Poppit Sands will promote the route for walking, cycling, wheelchairs and pushchairs. This will also help us contribute to a low carbon environment by reducing the use of cars on the route.”
Grwp Llwybr Poppit Path Group was founded as a response to community interest expressed via petitions and other events. The group works with the community and other interested parties including, St Dogmaels Community Council, Pembrokeshire County Council, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, St Dogmaels Footpath Group/Llwybrau Llandudoch, Keep Wales Tidy, Ysgol Llandudoch, Poppit Sands Surf Lifesaving Club, and RNLI Cardigan.
Buddig Meredith, LEADER Project Officer said: “This is another LEADER funded project in the county that will help deliver many benefits for the health and welling of residents and visitors alike.”
“Arwain Sir Benfro is currently supporting project ideas from local community groups, organisations and businesses. As the Local Action Group for Pembrokeshire, we bring together a mix of local community representatives, business, third sector, local authority partners.”
LEADER is supporting all kinds of activity: mentoring, training, feasibility studies or pilot projects that test an innovative new idea. It can also be used for projects that improve local skills, make better use of a local resource or realise the economic potential of part of the locality leading to a ‘new’ outcome or product.