Wednesday, 12 December 2007


For those of you who have not heard of Connect2, I'm pleased to say that it is the project that has won the Big Lottery Fund People’s £50 Million Lottery Giveaway. It is a project consisting of 79 separate projects and you can see more details here. I looked it up on the web before the voting had closed and watched the celebrity endorsement by Lorraine Kelly. It just seemed such a sensible thing to do - increase the ability of people to walk or cycle. Some of the examples quoted were just mind examples of wanting to put right mind numbingly dumb decisions taken in the past, bridges that just stopped in mid air, a path between two towns which has no centre section ("Well, we did our bit", you can just hear them saying...) and the like. The good news is that Local Authorities will match the £50 million, so a total of £100 million is available.

In the voting, this project (one of 4) secured 42% of all the votes cast, which reinforces my belief that the British public know a good idea when they see it. Well Done Sustrans and well done British Public.

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