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Liberal Democrats pave way for Restoration of Two Pathways in Tovil

February 18, 2015 12:46 PM

Cllr Clark and Cllr Mortimer River Medway Pathway alongside Bridge Mill Way Play AreaThe green light has been given for the two major pathway projects in Tovil with financing secured by Liberal Democrat Kent County Councillor Brian Clark from KCC's Small Community Capital Project scheme. Further to these funds, Councillor Clark is contributing top up funding from his devolved budget to help deliver the two schemes outlined below:

River Walk alongside Bridge Mill Way Play Area

River Walk alongside Bridge Mill Way Play AreaThe first proposal is to clean up the path leading east from the end of the Hurstings along the Tovil edge of the River Medway, removing the layer of soil which is covering the pathway's hard surface (marked orange on plan). Furthermore the unmade muddy pathway that leads west from the Hurstings along the River Medway will be cleaned and resurfaced with crushed rock where required and its full length levelled and wooden edges restored.

From Stockett Lane to Dean Street (Public Right of Way reference KB15)

KB15 Stocket lane to Dean StreetThis lengthy footpath fell in to disuse some time ago with a very muddy waterlogged stretch. The accepted proposal will establish a boarded and raised boadwalk-style walkway across this section to improve access, along with crushed stone along the length of the path. This will effectively re-open a route, close to Bockingford Hill, on Stockett Lane to the western edge of the former refuse site in Dean Street (route marked blue on plan). A longer term aspiration would be to link KB15 with KB14 to create a continuous footpath that extends from Stockett Lane to Tovil Green (creating a new link along the Dean Street edge of the former refuse site).

Following approval of the proposals by Tovil Parish Council, Cllr Brian Clark stated, "this is an excellent plan to bring two neglected pathways into wider public use. These pathways are an invaluable local amenity which help residents explore the local area. Unfortunately these scenic routes had become hazardous and at points impassable. I am proud to be involved in their restoration.". Lib Dem borough councillor Ian Chittenden continued "We experienced the challenges with these routes first hand and have received excellent guidance from officers on how to overcome these issues. I am confident the plans will ensure the long term viability of these footpaths".

Parish Councillor Derek Mortimer, who had championed the project from the start said. "After seeing just how poor these routes have become, I am delighted that these projects are funded and moving forward. There has been an aspiration to create improved access to the rural part of Tovil for many years and once complete, these pathways will be a real asset to local residents.