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Improvements to the Bridgetown Corridor Footpath

South Hams District Council is planning improvements to the surfaced footpath which runs through the Bridgetown Corridor in Totnes, and is known locally as the 'Chicken Run'.

At present there are steps in various locations along the footpath which make it difficult for people with pushchairs or motorised scooters to use the path. The improvements will either replace the existing steps with ramps, or provide a ramp alongside existing steps to make the path more accessible.

The improvements are to be carried out in the four locations shown on the map below. You can click on the map to open a larger version:

A brief description of the works is provided below.

  • A - Weston Lane - where the footpath meets Weston Lane there is an existing set of steps. These will be removed and replaced with a ramped access, excavated into the existing slope. A dropped kerb will be added to the opposite side of the road to the park, directly opposite the existing dropped kerb.
  • B - Bridgewater Gardens - where the footpath meets the ramp up to Bridgewater Gardens, there is currently a small step. An area of footpath will be constructed in the worn section of verge here to extend the slope and enable users to access the ramp without negotiating the step.
  • C - Woodland Steps - the works here will create surfaced ramps adjacent to the steps.
  • D - Elm Walk - where the footpath meets Elm Walk there is an existing set of steps. These will be removed and replaced with a ramped access, excavated into the existing slope. A dropped kerb will be added to facilitate access into the car park.

Subject to a successful licence to close parts of the footpath during the works, the works are planned to commence on 4 January 2022 and last a maximum of 4 weeks. Parts of the path will need to be closed during this period and diversion routes will be signposted.

Six car parking spaces in the car park at Elm Walk will be used as a construction compound during part of the works. Local residents using this car park will be asked to move their cars from the required area prior to the works commencing.

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding as we undertake these improvement works. 

If you have any queries, please email parks@swdevon.gov.uk

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