Bridge works in Flatts Wood

PUBLISHED: 30/01/2014
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We will soon be starting work on improving all six bridges over Percy Beck in Flatts Wood.

The works are being carried out with the kind consent of Marwood Estate and are being partly-funded through the “Paths for Communities” Scheme. This national scheme has been set up by Defra to develop and enhance the Public Rights of Way network in England in order to deliver benefits to rural areas. The objective of the funding is to “improve or maintain the living conditions and welfare of those living in rural areas and to increase the attractiveness of such areas through the provision of more and better basic services for the economy and the rural population”.

 

The works are part of our Flatts Wood and Tees Bank restoration programme, which aims to restore and enhance the walks and banks leading from the Scar Top area in the centre of Barnard Castle. This area was bought into the public domain in the 19th century and was a popular destination for residents and visitors and was a feature in the work of Elijah Yeoman, renowned local photographer.

 

The works will commence on Monday 3rd February and will continue for a maximum of 13 weeks to hopefully be completed by Easter (weather and conditions permitting). All paths will remain open as much as possible but there will be times when each bridge will be closed to the public whilst its replacement/repair takes place.  These unavoidable temporary closures will be kept to a minimum and for their own safety the public are advised to adhere to formal closure signs, follow advice/instructions from the contractors and take alternative routes where possible. In general, the public are asked to take care when using the paths throughout the whole work period.

 

Apologies are given for the inconvenience these works will cause and if you have any further enquiries, please contact Emma Ashton-Wickett, Paths for All People Officer, Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership on 03000 260645 or email emma.ashton@durham.gov.uk. Please note that Emma works part-time and may not respond immediately.

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