Riverside walk gets a facelift

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HALSTEAD ramblers and cyclists will be able to enjoy a new-look river walk once a narrow and overgrown path beside the River Colne is transformed.

As part of the Green Heart of Essex campaign, Braintree District Council has agreed to invest £64,000 into the area’s riverside landscape, updating old paths and tracks for the public to use.

To celebrate the scheme, Halstead mayor David Hume and councillor Joanne Beavis, cabinet member for communities, joined volunteers from Halstead in Bloom on Tuesday to begin hedge-cutting along part of the route.

Mrs Beavis said the updated path was great news for Halstead. She said: “The new river walk really makes the most of the town’s natural asset – the River Colne which runs through it.

“It will be a joy for local people and visitors to the town to know that at any time of the year they will be able to enjoy the tranquillity of the riverside landscape whether on foot or by bike.

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

The first phase of the project will see a 2.5-metre wide path laid along two stretches of unsurfaced track: between Parsonage Street and Nether Court, and from Broughton Drive industrial estate to Chapel Street.

The work is due to start on Monday and will last for six weeks.