Work is progressing well on improvements to a badly worn section of footpath on Thorney Island near Emsworth. In the meantime the public footpath around the Island is closed.
A section of the much-enjoyed coastal footpath at Thorney Island has in recent years fallen into a very poor condition. The section north of St Nicholas’s Church was very narrow, uneven and extremely muddy making it hard going for even experienced walkers.
A much improved path is currently being constructed and will take about three weeks to complete. The works are being carried out by Chichester Harbour Conservancy supported by the Friends of Chichester Harbour, West Sussex County Council and Defence Estates.
While the works are ongoing the path has been closed between the two security gates. Nicky Horter, AONB Officer, said, ‘As heavy machinery is operating on the site, we have had no alternative but to close the route at the access gates. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused, and have planned the works at a quiet time of year. A much improved path will soon be ready for all walkers’.
If you have already arranged a walking group event for this time, please contact Nicky Horter at Chichester Harbour Conservancy on 01243 512301 who will make special arrangements to accommodate your group.
Published 27th January 2012
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