DETAILED plans to boost walking and cycling in Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn, Rossendale and Ribble Valley have been discussed by senior councillors.

Lancashire County Council's cabinet on Thursday examined proposals to join up footpaths and biking routes across its area.

The authority which provides key services to 12 districts - including Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Pendle, Burnley and Rossendale - has been working with Blackpool Council on the issue.

The12 boroughs have also been closely involved.

Seven Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) have been created, which aim to join up the gaps in the existing network of footpaths and cycle routes to provide safer, more direct and more convenient routes.

Councillors debated how the plans are being developed and used in Burnley and Pendle; Central Lancashire; the Fylde Coast; Hyndburn and Rossendale; Lancaster; Ribble Valley; and West Lancashire.

The survey follows feedback from residents on their experience of cycling and walking and where improvements are needed.

A series of network maps has been published and there is now a robust evidence base for future funding bids.

Whitworth and Bacup ward's Cllr Scott Smith, Lancashire County Council 's lead member for active travel, said: "We are determined to make Lancashire the best place to cycle and walk for all ages, whether for leisure or commuting and we hope these plans will allow increasing numbers of people to make cycling and walking part of their everyday lives.

“These plans were formed by engaging directly with residents right across Lancashire, recognising that local knowledge is hugely important in enabling people to make the choice to cycle or walk, and in developing the infrastructure we need to make that easier for all.”