Marks & Spencer continues support for Baubigny Schools walking path

June 8th, 2011 by Living Streets Guernsey

The Marks & Spencer Guernsey Franchise has agreed to provide funding towards the rent costs of the Baubigny Schools Pathway for the next two years, the pedestrian safety group Living Streets Guernsey LBG has said.

Deputy Tom Le Pelley, Chair of Living Streets Guernsey, stated “Marks & Spencer was one of the first businesses to provide funding towards the development of the pathway in 2009. We are extremely grateful for their continued support. They will be covering half of the annual rental costs in 2011 and 2012. Living Streets hopes to raise the rest of the money through its own fund raising activities.”

Deputy Tom Le Pelley, Chair of Living Streets Guernsey, with Tony Creasey, Managing Director of the Marks & Spencer Guernsey franchise at the entrance to the vinery site on the Baubigny school path (click image to expand ©Pat Wisher)

The building of the pathway and the associated safety measures was funded through donations from local businesses. Keeping the pathway up and running so that everyone can enjoy using it is Living Streets’ next challenge. This involves paying the private vinery site owner an annual rental for the privilege of taking a pathway along the edge of his eight acre vinery site.

Tony Creasey (MD of the Marks and Spencer Guernsey Franchise) said “we are pleased to continue to support Living Streets by helping with the on-going costs of the pathway to St Sampson’s High School. The funding is from the five pence charge for plastic bags in our M&S Simply Food Stores.

Providing a facility that encourages exercise and fresh air through a rural setting is an ideal project for us to allocate the fund.

We have offered support over two years that helps off set the costs of the pathway and gives Living Streets a solid base but will still require them to raise further funds from other sponsorship and public donation.”

The Baubigny Schools pathway was opened in September 2010.  It enables children going to St. Sampson’s High and Le Murier Schools to use the existing footpaths and green lanes in the area and then take a short cut through the vinery site into the back of the schools.

Tom Le Pelley said “the pathway gives students (on foot or on their bikes) a virtually traffic free route through the green lung between St. Peter Port and St. Sampson. We are very proud of what we have achieved and we now need to sustain the route for future generations.”


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