The site has been under development for several years with a municipal golf course being planned for many years. The golf course will still go ahead but in a reduced size from original plans with an 18 hole course now replaced with 2 smaller 9 hole golf courses with the country park in between.
|The illustration shows the cycle paths in purple through the site.|
The above illustration is taken from one of the documents held within the planning application information on the SDDC website. For further information click here to link to the planning application documents. On this drawing the roundabout in the bottom right hand corner is the roundabout at the Bison concrete factory at the end of William Nadin Way and appears to indicate that there will be a path on the northern side of William Nadin Way which will link to one of the new housing developments near Park Road in Newhall.
This will then form an important part of the link between Swadlincote and Burton. Further parts of this link are steadily growing. The below pictures show some of the link from Darklands Lane through to the new Development off William Nadin Way (Cobblestone Drive). They currently finish at the perimeter of the development about half way down William Nadin Way.
|New section of path at the end of Darklands Way looking towards William Nadin Way|
|Looking back towards Darklands Lane|
Whilst the path is not fully linked up and care will be needed crossing Cobblestone Drive it is a positive step in route development. Meanwhile, there are developments further up the route as along Civic Way in Swadlincote due to redevelopment of the Fire Station. Read more about the new Community Fire Station development.
Currently the link from Swadlincote town centre in direction of Darklands Road is provisionally signed down the footpath on the north side of Civic Way past the Health Centre then turning through a link next to the Police Station and onto Toumlin Drive. The path along Civic Way is not wide enough to be a proper shared path and with several junctions it is not ideal in the long term and hopefully increased numbers of cyclists.
The Fire Station development looks to address this with a link along the side of the site and a further link through past the back of the site to Toumlin Drive which will be more freeflowing and possibly make a good link to nearby Eureka Park.