‘Happy occasion’ as new South Downs paths are opened

DM1518590a.jpg Launch of extended Downs Link routes, Bramber. Martin Leigh-Politt left, Nick herbert MP and David Barling right, on the new route. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150726-162049008
DM1518590a.jpg Launch of extended Downs Link routes, Bramber. Martin Leigh-Politt left, Nick herbert MP and David Barling right, on the new route. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150726-162049008

Pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders will benefit from two new Downs Link paths unveiled on Saturday July 25.

There were celebrations as Nick Herbert MP cut the ribbon to open the two schemes in Bramber, a footpath and bridleway.

The paths will provide better access to people with prams or wheelchairs and offer a safer alternative to crossing the A283.

The project comes as a result of four years of negotiations by the Steyning and District Community Partnership.

Martin Leigh-Pollitt of the partnership led Mr Herbert, county councillor David Barling and a group of locals on a guided walk, and thanked all those who supported the scheme.

He said: “There are just so many people to thank - the landowners who facilitated changes, the major funding partners: West Sussex County Council, the South Downs National Park and Bramber Parish Council. The local council members and their staff, the Environment Agency who all pulled together in funding to improve access both for local residents and visitors alike.

“We are delighted that this scheme has been made possible in this beautiful area of the countryside, with all the resultant benefits for health and wellbeing.”

Mr Herbert added: “The new paths are already being used and are clearly going to be very popular.

“It’s been a great community effort to get the routes put in, and the opening was a happy occasion.”

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