Public right of way Emergency Active Travel Fund schemes

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As part of the government’s first round of the Emergency Active Travel Fund to pay for schemes that enable and encourage people to walk and cycle more, county council members and the leaders of the district and borough councils have agreed the following schemes.

Our public right of way schemes

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What we changed

To maximise the width and enhance the attractiveness of the public footpath, CB30 had:

  • a full vegetation clearance
  • the route surface scraped and renewed.

Why we made the changes

The improvements will promote a more attractive walking link to Blean Primary School and Nursery away from roads. It is a well-used route and this will encourage greater connectivity in the community.

What we are changing

To maximise the width and enhance the attractiveness of the public footpath, CB518 will have:

  • full vegetation clearance
  • route surfaces scraped and renewed
  • new signage to provide detailed information about the distance of the route.

Why we are making the changes

We want to encourage greater use of a direct access link to nearby schools and the University of Kent, whilst also improving the quality of this route for commuting and leisure.

Update on trial

These works are delayed until November to avoid disturbing a dormouse habitat.

What we are changing

To maximise the width and enhance the attractiveness of the public footpath, CB20B and public byway CB20 will have:

  • full vegetation clearance
  • route surfaces scraped and renewed.

Why we are making the changes

Improvements will increase the attractiveness and safety of a well-used and well promoted route, which provides a popular employment and leisure connection between Canterbury and Whitstable.

What we changed

Public Footpath SD72 has been upgraded to Permissive Bridleway status. The path improvements included:

  • a new increased width
  • a new compacted stone surface
  • signage to highlight the new access.

Why we made the changes

The upgrade will provide a valuable off-road link for cyclists and equestrians. We have worked with local residents and the parish council to upgrade the status of the path.

What we changed

To maximise the width and improve safety, public footpath TM4 and public bridleway TM5 had:

  • a full vegetation clearance
  • the route surface scraped and renewed.

Why we made the changes

TM4 provides a link to Drapers mill Primary School, as part of the Park & Stride scheme with safer routes to school. The enhancements of these routes, will help to promote walking/ cycling locally.

What we changed

We improved the accessibility of this popular and well used route from Four Acres west to East Malling. The works involved:

  • a full vegetation clearance
  • the surface being scraped and renewed.

Why we made the changes

This route provides a useful link between East Malling station and local schools. The path improvements are designed to encourage active travel in the area and reduce the need for short distance car journeys by local residents.

What we changed

To enhance the appearance of the public footpath, CB516 had:

  • a full vegetation clearance
  • the route surface scraped and renewed.

Why we made the changes

CB516 provides a great link as part of the PROW network connecting the University of Kent and facilities in Canterbury City centre.

Have your say

If you would like to register your support, objections or concerns about any of these proposals or our other Emergency Active Travel Scheme proposals email activetravelfund@kent.gov.uk.

Funded by

This scheme is being funded by the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund.