Improvement work to several sections of the Downs Link is set to start on Monday (16 September 2019).
A new, unbound surface is being installed which will allow easier access for walkers, cyclists and horse riders all year round. The work is being broken down into five areas, with improvements to the following sections taking place this autumn:
• Rudgwick – Slinfold: 1,330m section
• Needs Bridge West Grinstead and B2125 Partridge Green: 2,000m section
• Henfield Car Park: car park repairs and 300m section.
These sections are currently harder to use in the winter, due to water logging. Condition assessments and users highlighted the need for improvement. As part of the work, vegetation will be removed from alongside the route to allow in more sunlight, which will maximise the life of the surface and will also improve the biodiversity along the path by encouraging the growth of other plants species.
Work is expected to start on a further two sections in 2020.
The project is being funded with a £558,000 grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, following a successful bid from West Sussex County Council.
Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “It is really exciting to hear that work is now starting to improve the Downs Link.
“The new surface will make it much easier for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders to use the route all year long. This should increase the number of visitors to nearby towns and villages which will in turn help to boost the local rural economy.”
While our contractors are working on site, sections of the Downs Link will need to be closed for safety reasons, but the route will be opened, where possible, at weekends and week-day evenings.
For further information please visit: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/
leisure-recreation-and- community/walking-horse- riding-and-cycling/downs-link/