Hythe Footpath Funding Secured

Great news – the Local Highways Panel met on the 2nd June, and we were able to secure funding from them to complete the upgrade of the footpath link from Rowhedge to the Hythe. The works are planned to take place later this year – click here to see the public notice which Essex County Council have issued. The footpath will be closed during the works, and notices will be displayed in advance.

Thank you to everyone who helped campaign to achieve this funding – the petition, letters and emails all helped to support the call to get the footpath improved.

Our Borough Ward Councillor, Mike Lilley, and Parish Clerk, Susan Allen, attended the LHP meeting. EDPC had submitted 3 LHP scheme applications. Thanks to the team work of Susan, Cllr Lilley and Cllr Kevin Bentley we managed to obtain agreement in principal for the following expenditure:

a) £34,000 to make safe and tarmac the Public Right of Way from the Hythe to Rowhedge; this work will be carried out in consultation with the Environment Agency who are due to close the footpath for a period of time whilst they undertake work to the river defences, during the late Summer.

b) £4,000 to carry out a feasibility study regarding having a separate cycle way along the Rowhedge Road to Old Heath.

c) £8,000 to complete the pathway along the High Street from where the Redrow properties finish going towards the junction with Regent St. (this is subject to a satisfactory engineering assessment).

d) £30,000 to make the bobbled steep kerbways along the length of the footpath in Rectory Rd safer, either by widening the footpath or making the angle of the dropped kerbs less steep.