Money Allocated For Completing Old Town Footpath

The Old Town footpath, photographed in November last year

The Old Town footpath, photographed in November last year

Around £65,000 is being carried forward from the new school build budget to complete the footpath across Old Town sea wall.

There has been widespread criticism from the local community and councillors over the state of the path that was created last year by laying ‘cold’ tarmac along the sea-wall side of the road.

It was part of the conditions of building the new school, but Cllr Fran Grottick said it seemed like a great deal of money.

Chief Planning Officer Craig Dryden told her not to underestimate the cost of highways work.

He said the road could be resurfaced as part of the runway project, while an expensive hot batching plant is over.

He also said raising the footpath, if that was the chosen option, would be reasonably expensive.

But some councillors expressed concern over the length of time it was taking to complete the school build work.

Cllr Christine Savill said it was regrettable that the project was continuing to go on.

While minutes from the School Governing Board on 17th July show the governors are starting to get frustrated with the length of time it’s taking to sign off.

In her report, Children’s Services Accountant, Marie Holt, said they had hoped that the project would have been completed by the end of the last financial year, but that hadn’t happened.

They’ve decided to split the remaining capital into smaller projects, including £25,000 for videoconferencing equipment and £81,784 for the Moorwell footpath.



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