Preston’s award-winning Guild Wheel has been honoured at a special service to mark its success as the best in the North West.
The £2.7m scheme, voted the region’s top community project, was given official recognition with the presentation of a blue plaque on a section of the route in the city’s docklands estate.
The plaque, mounted on a stone plinth, was unveiled in a ceremony in Maritime Way, attended by representatives of Lancashire County Council, Preston City Council, the North West Institute of Civil Engineers and the Guild Wheel Users’ Group.
Peter Ward, co-designer of the 21-mile route around Preston and chairman of the users’ group, said: “I’m extremely pleased the Guild Wheel has received this prestigious North West community award for what is a permanent and very popular legacy of the 2012 Preston Guild.
“The original idea for the route came from my twin objectives of creating a popular Guild legacy and a safe, scenic, cycling and walking route around the city with easy access for most Prestonians.
“The late cycling and environmental enthusiast Mike Atkins, a prominent member of the Guild Wheel Users Group, helped me design most of the 21-mile route which links the city to the countryside.
“We enlisted the strong support of several leading figures from Lancashire and we obtained the enthusiastic backing of North West businesses, agencies and the public sector totalling over £650,000.”
NWICE’s regional director Alan Butler said the project’s strong credentials had played a major part in securing the award against tough opposition. Preston Guild Wheel provides an attractive and accessible amenity for local communities. It will have a positive effect on tourism and economic regeneration.”