Council performs u-turn in row over footpath closure

Mark Westley Photography'Councillors and residents upset at closure of footpath near the station. ANL-140411-232515009
Mark Westley Photography'Councillors and residents upset at closure of footpath near the station. ANL-140411-232515009
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Plans to close a second footpath in Sudbury have been put on ice after councillors and residents argued against the move.

Footpath 12, which runs from Cornard Road to the back of the train station in Sudbury and is popular with commuters, will no longer close after Suffolk County Council agreed to postpone improvement work.

Originally, the path was to be shut for three weeks after the path surface was described as unsafe.

Following pressure from councillors and residents, who are already angered at the extended closure of another short cut close to Sainsbury’s, the decision was reversed.

A council spokesman said: “Due to the current closure of Footpath 11, the county council and local members have decided to postpone the improvement work planned for Footpath 12 while the issues with Footpath 11 are being investigated.”

Sudbury town councillor Jan Osborne said: “Hopefully, common sense has prevailed. It’s critical that we keep these footpaths open.

“The reaction to the first closure shows how many people use these footpaths.”