Joy as work starts on river walk

WORK on a £60,000 project to improve a riverside walk in Sible Hedingham is set to begin.

A new all-weather path, which will allow people to enjoy the River Walk along the River Colne all year round, is to be laid over an eight-week period, starting on Tuesday.

The two-and-a-half metre wide path will be laid along a 500-metre stretch of currently uneven and often muddy track between Riverside Way and Alderford Street.

It will mean the path is more accessible to ramblers and those with wheelchairs or toddler buggies.

Dr Ronald Green, parish councillor and a member of the Hedingham Riverside Walk Group, said he was “delighted” the work, which has been funded by grants from Essex County Council and Section 106 money – cash paid to offset the impact of major developments – was about to get under way.

Wendy Schmitt, county council cabinet member for the environment, said the project would allow the village to make the most of its natural asset – the River Colne.

“It will be a joy for local people and visitors to the village to know they will be able to enjoy the tranquillity of the riverside landscape throughout the year,” she said.

“This is just the start of a bigger initiative to improve access even further along the river and I look forward to seeing the project grow.”

The work is expected to be completed by late June, during which time the path will be closed.

The construction of a stream crossing linking the new path with Alderford Street will take place later in the year.