Cracks ap­pear­ing in £1.2m foot­path

It’s not edI­ble!

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Park Farm Route Needs Repairs - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­group.co.uk A £1.2 mil­lion path in­tended to con­nect Park Farm to the town cen­tre is in need of re­pair – be­fore it has even been of­fi­cially opened.

Con­struc­tion was com­pleted on the first sec­tion of the 1.6km ‘green­way’ route, run­ning from Asda in Kim­ber­ley Way, Ash­ford, through the Willes­bor­ough Dykes, in De­cem­ber 2012.

But the pres­ence of hazel dormice, a pro­tected species found in the area last July, de­layed the sec­ond phase, which will con­nect the Dykes to Park Farm via the A2070 Ham­street Road.

Con­struc­tion

Now it has emerged that cracks which ap­peared in the sur­face of the path that has al­ready been laid will need to be re­paired. A spokesman for Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil said: “The first phase of con­struc­tion of the Willes­bor­ough Dykes foot and cy­cle path was com­pleted in De­cem­ber 2012.

“But the path will not be open to the pub­lic un­til the sec­ond phase, be­ing de­liv­ered by the High­ways Agency, is com­pleted in late spring 2014.

“Last sum­mer, some lin­ear cracks ap­peared in the path’s sur­face in a num­ber of lo­ca­tions and were re­ported to the con­trac­tor. The con­trac­tor has in­ves­ti­gated the cause and will be mak­ing the nec­es­sary re­pairs

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.co.uk and will resur­face the path at no ad­di­tional cost to Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil.

“Re­pairs to the path, to­gether with some ad­di­tional re­pairs to dam­aged fenc­ing, are not ex­pected to de­lay the open­ing of the path to the pub­lic.”

Work to re­home the dormice is now un­der way ahead of the fi­nal stages of con­struc­tion of the path.

A pro­gramme of veg­e­ta­tion clear­ance has been tak­ing place along the route of the sec­ond phase, which avoids harm­ing any dormice that may be present.

Al­most 4,000 new trees have also been planted.

Cracks on the new path­way

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