Basildon footpath improvements set to be discussed


Plans to improve the footpath running through Kingswood Open Space will be discussed by Basildon Council’s Regeneration and Environment committee next week.

Committee members will vote on a recommendation to invest £26,500 from their remaining budget into transforming an informal footpath which is a desire line into a tarmac path. The route offers pedestrian access between Osborne Road and Middle Hall Path.

Councillors will further discuss whether to recommend the Policy and Resources committee allocates £35,000 in the 2018/19 budget for new street lights to be installed along the path.

Cllr Alan Ball, Chairman of Basildon Council’s Regeneration and Environment committee, said: “We understand that parks and open spaces contribute to how pleasant the borough feels to spend time in, so it is important that we make them the best they can be. By investing in these simple improvements we can help people feel safer when walking through Kingswood Open Space and hopefully increase the number of pedestrians using the footpath to access Basildon town centre.”

The Regeneration and Environment committee will also discuss proposals to invest in Wickford play areas when it meets on Tuesday, 16 January.

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