£60m masterplan to thwart footpath?

A CAMPAIGN to get a well-used walkway in Hadleigh recognised as a public footpath could be thwarted because of regeneration plans.

For more than 70 years residents going from the High Street to London Road have walked between the former Crown pub and the town’s library.

It was sealed up last year, when Morrisons revamped its supermarket, prompting residents to apply to Essex County Council for the path to be recognised as a public right of way.

However, a Castle Point Council spokeswoman said it won’t happen if it interferes with the £60million masterplan for Hadleigh.

A spokeswoman said: “It is not the council’s intention to discourage access across the central island separating the northern and southern parts of Hadleigh town centre. Indeed, as part of the master planning process, links between the two parts of Hadleigh are crucial.

“If the application is successful, the borough council would just apply to have the right of way diverted or closed if it is in the wrong location for the regeneration proposals for Hadleigh town centre.”

Roy Brackin, of Solby’s Lane, Hadleigh, who initiated the application, claimed if hoardings around the pub were moved just 2ft, the walkway could be reopened to the public.

However, Castle Point Council said this is not an option, claiming it could attract undesirable behaviour and pedestrians would feel unsafe using the path.

Mr Brackin said: “I can’t say I am surprised by Castle Point Council’s reaction. It seems it will do what pleases it regardless of what the community wants, which is wrong because it is there to follow what people want, not dictate to them.”

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10:28am Mon 9 Jul 12

HadleighBoy says...

Please tell me this is a joke story you can get through between the Libray and the Old Fire Station so what is the problem at the moment!!
And as thye have stated it will be diverted or moved if not in the right place for the new plans so what is the problem?
Please tell me this is a joke story you can get through between the Libray and the Old Fire Station so what is the problem at the moment!! And as thye have stated it will be diverted or moved if not in the right place for the new plans so what is the problem? HadleighBoy

4:15pm Mon 9 Jul 12

susanjessejames says...

I agree with the comments made by Mr. Brackin, as your user name is HadleighBoy I am assuming that you may not be old enough to remember when Hadleigh was a place of charm and beauty, In my opinion we (residents and voters in Hadleigh)have 'sleep walked' our way into a state where our locality has lost many charming and (admittedley 'oldies') areas of huge appreciation and remembrance. Only last week at the local meeting at St. Barnabus hall we were assured that the 'right of way' would be re-instated - best regards and thanks for your input
I agree with the comments made by Mr. Brackin, as your user name is HadleighBoy I am assuming that you may not be old enough to remember when Hadleigh was a place of charm and beauty, In my opinion we (residents and voters in Hadleigh)have 'sleep walked' our way into a state where our locality has lost many charming and (admittedley 'oldies') areas of huge appreciation and remembrance. Only last week at the local meeting at St. Barnabus hall we were assured that the 'right of way' would be re-instated - best regards and thanks for your input susanjessejames

9:14am Tue 10 Jul 12

HadleighBoy says...

susanjessejames wrote:
I agree with the comments made by Mr. Brackin, as your user name is HadleighBoy I am assuming that you may not be old enough to remember when Hadleigh was a place of charm and beauty, In my opinion we (residents and voters in Hadleigh)have 'sleep walked' our way into a state where our locality has lost many charming and (admittedley 'oldies') areas of huge appreciation and remembrance. Only last week at the local meeting at St. Barnabus hall we were assured that the 'right of way' would be re-instated - best regards and thanks for your input
You assume wring I am afraid I do remember those days. But my point was that the "right of way" is not the only way through the central part of Hadleigh so as long as there is one what is the problem.
[quote][p][bold]susanjessejames[/bold] wrote: I agree with the comments made by Mr. Brackin, as your user name is HadleighBoy I am assuming that you may not be old enough to remember when Hadleigh was a place of charm and beauty, In my opinion we (residents and voters in Hadleigh)have 'sleep walked' our way into a state where our locality has lost many charming and (admittedley 'oldies') areas of huge appreciation and remembrance. Only last week at the local meeting at St. Barnabus hall we were assured that the 'right of way' would be re-instated - best regards and thanks for your input[/p][/quote]You assume wring I am afraid I do remember those days. But my point was that the "right of way" is not the only way through the central part of Hadleigh so as long as there is one what is the problem. HadleighBoy

7:17am Wed 11 Jul 12

Ian P says...

The council should use some adult thinking on this issue. It is not as if the master plan will be implemented tomorrow, it has not yet been approved, and once it has been we all know implementation will be some way off. Why not simply re-instate the walkway until such times as any regeneration plan is actioned? After all it may get another 70 years use before that happens.
The council should use some adult thinking on this issue. It is not as if the master plan will be implemented tomorrow, it has not yet been approved, and once it has been we all know implementation will be some way off. Why not simply re-instate the walkway until such times as any regeneration plan is actioned? After all it may get another 70 years use before that happens. Ian P

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