Dear Supporter, I hope this finds you well. After a long wait, I can share the Sustrans Bourton-Kingham report with you. If you would like a copy please email me, and I’ll email you a wetransfer link to download it*. The apology first. It took longer than anticipated for Sustrans to produce the report, and I’ve been sitting on it over the summer, contemplating the next steps. Mea et Sustrans culpa. This year has seen unmistakeable evidence of climate change, its impact on the environment here and abroad, and the effect on the people living with it. We are in a climate emergency and it is salutary to note, in this report, the flood risk to the former rail track and the local communities. Then there are the traffic jams, noise and fumes in Bourton and Stow as the pandemic has eased. There is also now national economic woe, and fear for the cost of motor transport to those that rely on it. My own job gives me daily contact with public health and I see that deteriorating, with weight, diabetes and mental health crises amongst many others.. The estimated final cost is more than anticipated, although it still works out as only 3 hours of NHS diabetes care or 0.035% of the annual NHS mental health bill. It is also about 10% of the money spent on the abandoned Garden Bridge project or a 33,200th of the cost of HS2. To me, the question is “can we afford not to spend the money on this project?”. Over the coming winter I’ll be trying to contact the landowners, delicately and diplomatically, to hear or read their thoughts and ideas. There are over 25 landowners, with a variety of backgrounds. Having seen cafes, farm shops, bike shops, livery yards, breweries and holiday rentals cropping up around existing recreational routes I feel sure that there are great opportunities for them here. Please do email me, download the report, have a read and let me know your thoughts. Unwise as it surely is, I’ll also be signing up to win some money in the lottery. Paul * ps Sustrans isn’t happy for me to disseminate the version that also gives landowner details.