The public can once again walk between the Hythe and Rowhedge, after work to fully reopen the River Colne footpath was completed last week.
Part of the path was closed in December 2020 after movement in a section of riverbank at Fieldgate Quay damaged the sheet piling reinforcing it.
At the end of May, specialist contractor Squibb Group began clearing the nearby former CTruk Marine Services site to enable a section of footpath to be diverted through the site, after ownership of the land returned to the council earlier this year. Following repairs to an existing fence and the installation of new fencing to secure the area and temporarily realign the site boundary, walkers can now enjoy safe access along the entire length of the path between the Hythe and Rowhedge, in both directions.
Councillor Mark Cory, Portfolio Holder for Resources, said: “I would like to thank everyone involved in the reopening of the footpath, but especially the public for their patience. We recognise how frustrating the footpath closure was to regular users while we looked at options for a safe diversion. I use this path myself and know how much it means to many residents, so I am glad we have now found a solution.
“Work continues at a pace as we explore the long-term options for regeneration, environmental and public realm improvements to the quayside and to repair the riverbank in a way that is both sensitive to local ecology and the needs of walkers and other river users.
“We are especially keen to explore a range of potential nature-based solutions and to consult with the public before deciding on the best one.
“We will of course continue to provide further updates as and when significant progress is made to complete this important work.”
Pictured, left to right: Cllr Lee Scordis, Cllr Mark Cory, Cllr Anna Appleyard Chair of East Donyland Parish Council, and Cllr Adam Fox.