Work has recently started on the construction of the second phase of the new shared use path between Bow St and Penrhyn-coch. The path will be constructed in accordance with the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Design Guidance.

Last year, the first phase was completed with a new path for cyclists and pedestrians between Bow Street and IBERS. Ceredigion County Council has secured an in-year grant award from the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Fund to continue the path to link up with Penrhyn-coch.

The majority of the existing beech hedge will be translocated, and under guidance from the Council’s Highways Ecologist, the hedge will be cut down low in order to help regenerate growth next year which will improve the chances of successfully translocating the hedge. A new hedgebank will be planted next to the new path where none exists at present with a diverse mixture of indigenous species, with the hedgebank itself being seeded with a species-rich seed mix.

150 metres of new hedgebank will also be planted opposite the new AIEC building, which will help result in an overall increase of new hedges and trees planted as part of this scheme.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards, Cabinet member for Highways & Environmental Services and Housing, said: “Ceredigion Highways Officers have worked in partnership with Aberystwyth University so that this path can connect Penrhyn-coch with the new Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus development at Plas Gogerddan which will be complete in August 2020. The path will also connect with the Bow Street Rail Station which is scheduled for completion in October this year.

These developments are great news for the communities of Penrhyn-coch and Bow Street as the scheme will result in improved connectivity to local services, facilities and places of employment. Schemes such as this help people to make less car journeys, which is a positive contribution towards climate change and reducing CO2 emissions, whilst also enabling our residents to lead healthy and more active lifestyles.”

The new hedge planting will be undertaken later this year during the Autumn as recommended by the Ecologist, to improve the likelihood of success of this planting to promote the more valuable habitat that will be provided long-term.