Call for Members for Stocksbridge 'Walkers are Welcome' Group

19 Jan 2011

Do you enjoy in walking in the Stocksbridge area? Would you like to help maintain and improve the footpath network? Would you like to help Stocksbridge gain the recognition it deserves for its beautiful countryside and rich heritage?

If so, then please come along to a meeting of the new Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome group on Wednesday 19 January at 7pm in the Town Hall. 'Walkers are Welcome' is a community-led, nationwide initiative which recognises towns that have something special to offer walkers. Thanks to a grant from the Town Council, Stocksbridge is an associate member of the 'Walkers are Welcome' network, and the meeting aims to finalise the application to join the other 55 towns and villages who are full accredited members.

'Walkers are Welcome' status has a number of potential benefits for Stocksbridge:
* It strengthens a town's reputation as somewhere to visit to enjoy the outdoors;
* It helps ensure footpaths and trails are maintained in good condition
* It contributes to local tourism and regeneration strategies

Cllr Dan Lyons, from Stocksbridge Town Council, says:

"Gaining 'Walkers are Welcome' status will have benefits for the businesses and residents of Stocksbridge, by improving facilities and attracting new visitors. With public spending on rights of way likely to be squeezed, it is more important than ever for our local community to get actively involved in improving our environment and amenities. We are lucky in Stocksbridge to have the Steel Valley Project already working on local footpaths, so we have the basis for a dynamic and successful 'Walkers are Welcome' group.

Stocksbridge is a hidden gem that deserves more visitors, which will help boost the local economy and enhance the town's national reputation. We need businesses and residents to support this initiative. Please come along to the meeting on the 19th where we will ratify the group's constitution and choose a chairperson and other officers to get the group off the ground. We will also be discussing launch event ideas and other projects to maintain footpaths and raise awareness of Stocksbridge's 'Walkers are Welcome' status."

If you would like more information, contact Cllr Lyons at dan@xenodiaries.org or phone 07799 117695. You can also visit the main site for the national scheme at www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk .

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