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Restoration of Freshford to Avoncliff footpath

posted 29 Sept 2015, 03:40 by Parish Council Communications

Work is now in hand on this project. The footpath is officially closed this week and next - although work has yet to commence; closure notices are in place on site and the contractor will be displaying additional signs saying 'Footpath Closed for Improvement Works'. These will be in place whilst the  footpath is being worked on.
Residents should note that the signs will only be at the section which is closed, so it is best to assume the footpath will be closed until Monday 12th October.
It may be open again just for the weekend if the contractor is not working on it, but this will depend on how the work is progressing and if it is safe to do so.

The section of path affected is where Avoncliff Wood comes down to the bank of the River Avon for 100m or so from the eastern corner of Ham Field (across the River Frome from The Inn).

The works are to restore the existing surface of the footpath at this stage and will include:

  • widening the footpath wherever possible by cutting back side vegetation
  • removing the large tree root ball which is in danger of falling onto the surface of the footpath
  • installing gabion baskets on sections which are falling away into the river 
  • and work to improve drainage.