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Sadiq Khan pledges £400k for Greenway walking and cycling routes and nature reserve in Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 15:37 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:21 21 May 2018

The Greenway in Newham. Picture: Newham Council

The Greenway in Newham. Picture: Newham Council

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged to fund a new cycle path and a nature reserve.

Mr Khan is distributing £2 million to projects across London, with £400,000 going to Barking and Dagenham.

Only six other boroughs are receiving funding as part of the initiative: Barnet, Ealing, Enfield, Harrow and Lewisham.

Lewisham is the only borough getting more funding than Barking and Dagenham, with Mr Khan planning to spend £440,000 on improving Beckenham Place Park.

A walking and cycling Greenway will create new routes away from roads and it will also link to The Ripple Nature Reserve.

The route will starts Barking town centre and go to The Ripple Nature Reserve.

Mr Khan said: “For too many Londoners, nature simply does not feature in their daily lives. That is why we are aiming to become a National Park City, with more than half of our capital green.

“Today’s funding will draw even more people into our outstanding parks by making green spaces more attractive and better for the environment.”

The decision was welcomed by Unmesh Desai, Labour’s London Assembly member for City and East.

He said: “I am delighted to see the mayor has awarded £400,000 to The Ripple Nature Reserve and Greenway in Barking and Dagenham.

“This funding will significantly enhance our local area and its green spaces, fully opening it up to all members of our community and visitors from across London.

“This is another step that the mayor is taking to protect the capital’s biodiversity and wildlife habitats, ensuring that all Londoners will have an opportunity to access the multitude of leisure activities and learning opportunities that a National Park City will create.”

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