Delays halt progress of trail opening

The group behind the Gainsborough trail project. ANL-150225-111526001
The group behind the Gainsborough trail project. ANL-150225-111526001

Hopes of opening the Cornard section of the Gainsborough Trail are still on hold as delays continue over the Bakers Mill bridge.

Planning permission for the construction of a footpath on the land north of Dove House Farm, known as Bakers Mill, was granted several months ago.

But progress on constructing the bridge and path, which will complete the Cornard section of the trail, has been held up by the legal process of transferring the land, which belongs to the Sudbury and District Anglers’ Society.

Gainsborough Trail chairman Jan Osborne said the delay was frustrating.

“It is very frustrating and disappointing as the group is very keen to open up this section of the trail,” she said.

“The emphasis is on getting people to walk or cycle into town rather than use their car and this section provides a great walk into Sudbury from Cornard and Bakers Mill.”

The Sudbury section of the trail, named Meadow Walk, was opened in 2012 and continues to prove a scenic trail through the town’s popular water meadows.

The Gainsborough Trail is a long-term project which is being funded, developed and opened in stages over a 10-year period.

In its entirety, it encompasses Sudbury, Cornard and Chilton, linking existing and new natural environments, wildlife and habitat.

But the opening of the Cornard section is dependent on the construction of the Bakers Mill bridge and footpath, which is still proving to be an obstacle for Babergh District Council.

The Chilton stretch of the trail is also dependant on a future project as the path will travel through the 1,250-home Chilton Woods development.