Babergh District Council has completed the purchase of a section of land in Great Cornard that will link the parish to Sudbury via a Stour-side footpath.
The land had previously been owned by the Long Melford and Sudbury Angling Association, which agreed to sell the land to Babergh. The purchase was completed on 24 May, and to mark the purchase Babergh’s Leader, Cllr John Ward, visited the area today. He was joined by Great Cornard councillors Tony Bavington, Tom Burrows and Mark Newman, and Cllr Jan Osborne, who has been closely involved in the delivery of the footpath. Photographs of the visit can be found on the council's Flickr pages.
Once completed the path will provide an extension to the existing Cornard Riverside Path, allowing residents and visitors to enjoy more of the riverbank as well as providing pedestrian access to the River Stour Trust’s Visitor and Education Centre at Dovehouse Meadow. When complete, the path will form a pedestrian route from Dovehouse Meadow in Great Cornard to the Cornard Riverside Path.
This area had previously formed a ‘missing link’ and its purchase will now enable the entire route from Dovehouse Meadow to Friars Meadow near the Kingfisher Leisure Centre to be enjoyed. With the link now in Babergh’s ownership, work on the footpath is planned to begin over the summer.
Cllr John Ward, Leader of Babergh District Council, said: “The purchase of this land, with the co-operation of the Angling Association, is great news: there has been a real drive for this path from both the community and from councillors across the political spectrum. We’re now set to complete the path and I’m looking forward to putting on my walking boots and enjoying the sights and sounds of the Stour from Dovehouse Meadow to Friars Meadow.”