A FACEBOOK GROUP set up to to increase the development of cycle paths across Denbighshire has attracted more than 1000 members in its first week.

In recent years, many public gatherings have been held regarding a boost in development for the paths connecting Denbigh and Ruthin to St Asaph and the wider network across the coast.

Roger Rowett from Llandyrnog set up the ‘Denbighshire Cycle Path Support Group’ on May 5 and says the response has been “impressive”.

Roger added: “We are living in challenging times but there are some silver linings in those clouds. One of these is that people are walking and cycling more with their families while there is less traffic. It is with this in mind that I started the group.”

There have been a number of plans for cycle paths over the years. One of the successful examples of this is the Dyserth to Prestatyn path, a dedicated track which has already been the catalyst for a local museum and café.

However, there are other small stretches of dedicated cycle paths such as the one from Ruthin to Rhewl and St Asaph to Rhuddlan, which run alongside the main roads and only cover small sections between the key towns.

Roger said: “This new group is an exciting opportunity to show how many local people support this idea of creating new cycle paths.

“The aim is to connect communities for local people, allowing them to cycle or walk where they would normally use their car.”

The next stage for the group is to continue to grow the support and to set up a Working Group. Roger added: “If we can harness the support for this initiative we can hopefully make our dream a reality, it really is a ‘no-brainer’ in terms of benefits.

“It won’t be easy, but with enough momentum we can support the Council in taking this forward and maybe offer some creative ideas for the future”.