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Complex works needed to repair the Hythe to Rowhedge towpath

PUBLISHED: 17 March 2021

Council officers have been meeting with specialist engineers ascertain what works need to be undertaken to repair the riverbank and reopen the towpath along the River Colne, off Haven Road. The timeframe for repair work is not known at this time, but the footpath is likely to remain closed for at least one year.

Barriers and signs will remain in place at both King Edward Quay and Rowhedge ends of the towpath, clearly showing the section of path that is closed.

A Colchester Borough Council spokesperson said: “Specialist engineers are continuing to investigate the extent of the damage to Fieldgate Quay river wall, where the piling has started to come away from the bank next to the Hythe to Rowhedge towpath.

“It is a situation that we want to get resolved as soon as we can, however, initial reports show that complex and extensive engineering works will be needed. The River Colne is internationally important for wildlife and we are in consultation with a number of statutory organisations as well as other local stakeholders to minimise the impact on the surrounding biodiversity.

“We will be able to share a clearer timeline for the works once the design for the repair and consents have been agreed. As part of this we will be working with businesses and communities using the local area to understand the impact of the planned works.

"It is not going to be a quick fix, and unfortunately the footpath is likely to be closed for at least one year. Sadly, there is no viable and safe diversion that people can use around this section of towpath because it is in an industrial area. We know it is frustrating for those who use the route but while the path remains closed we urge people, for their own safety, not to use it.”

Page last reviewed: 17 March 2021

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