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Investing in the community: new boardwalk for local church


Leeds Beckett University has invested £12,000 in a new and improved walkway which connects its Headingley Campus to St Chad’s church.

The new boardwalk, which was installed last month, has transformed the existing path and significantly improved access to the church from the university’s grounds.  

“We are absolutely delighted with the new boardwalk” said Reverend Tom Lusty, pictured above with the university's Grounds Manager Peter Griffiths.

“It will make a huge difference for the local residents that regularly use this route and importantly make it accessible in all weathers. Compared with the path that existed before, it’s nothing less than a transformation.

“I hope that this delightful new pathway will encourage more people to come through the churchyard on the way to and from the university and Becketts Park, and be another great way of consolidating the good links that exist between the local community, the university and the parish.”

The new elevated boardwalk stretches 60m long and is fitted with a special non-slip surface, making it accessible even during periods of heavy rain.

Trevor Armour, the university’s Director of Estates, said:

“We play a key role in the community and are committed to being good neighbours.

“We know that the pathway often becomes too muddy to pass, particularly during wet winters, so we wanted to put a permanent solution in place which enables people to continue using it safely.

“The new boardwalk is both well-constructed and environmentally sensitive, and should hopefully make a big difference to the local residents and parish members that have used this path for many years.”


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