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Friday, December 13, 2013
Hopes that a bridleway would be covered with a coloured surface rather than tarmac –to fit in better with the countryside setting – have been dashed as the overall cost of the project has increased by £50,000.
Work has begun on Suffolk County Council’s controversial plans to create a cycle path between West Row and Mildenhall along Bridleway One.
There had been considerable opposition to the proposal, including from the horse riding community, with one of the concerns including that the bridleway would be tarmaced over.
A compromise had been reached as a grassy part of the bridleway is not being tarmaced over – and instead will have a parallel tarmac track next to it.
But Alison Balfour-Lynn, of the British Horse Society, expressed her disappointment at news that only one section of the bridleway would have a coloured surface.
The cost of the scheme is now at about £270,000 – when it was originally due to cost £220,000 – as a wider path has now been achieved through the wooded section near Mildenhall.
County councillor Colin Noble said the only section to be coloured with the brown stones would be by a home on the route near Mildenhall. Where it is not coloured, tarmac would be used, he said.
Ms Balfour-Lynn said she did not see how a tarmac surface could possibly fit in with the setting. “Now it will be a completely inappropriate black top tarmac which is completely out of keeping,” she said.
Mr Noble said the option came up to widen the path – which is now 2.5m – and the team felt “that was the best use of the money”.