Somerset County Council have finally given notice of the temporary closure of the footpath alongside Brownes Pond so that the long awaited works can commence. The notice period for the order will start on 17 August and SCC say the works should be completed in 10 weeks. All traffic will be prohibited along the 106 metre section of the path which runs south alongside Browne’s Pond from the footbridge over the Bridgwater and Taunton canal as there will be a danger to the public whilst improvements are being carried out to the cycling and walking facilities..
Welcome news for residents
Westover resident Simi Bignall said “This is welcome news as the improvement of this pathway has been a long time coming. The initial consultation with members of Friends of Browne’s Pond and other local residents took place on 22nd August 2013. Since then, there have been amendments to the original design and a series of delays to the commencement of works which has been most frustrating to local people. The widening of the path together with making the slope leading up to the canal bridge less steep, will make the journey into town much safer for pedestrians, cyclists and people in mobility scooters. The fencing will make the area safer for everyone too. Most of all, this will be an enhancement to Browne’s Pond, a place that local volunteers have and continue to care for for the benefit of everyone. “
Councillor’s continued chasing bears fruit
County Councillor for Bridgwater South Leigh Redman said “I have been chasing SCC highways to confirm start date, I have requested a site meeting with contractors to ensure I am aware fully of the scope of work.I am pleased that with the continued chasing it looks like the works will be starting soon, I am aware that this may see the footpath closed during fair but felt if I agreed to another delay the works would never get done. I really do look forward to the new footpath and more so the widened bridge making this a safe area for all.”
The Order will come into effect on 17 August and will remain in force for six months although the path is only likely to be closed for 10 weeks.
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