Work to create a section of a new walking trail is set to get under way next month.

Parts of footpaths in Dereham will see their surface improved to make them more accessible for people wheeling and cycling, as well as walking. The resurfaced section will form part of Wendling Way, part of the Platinum Jubilee Trail, and will incorporate elements of the existing footpath network. The works are expected to take nine weeks to complete, under suitable conditions. Due to the nature of the work, the path will be closed while work is under way. The closed section will be a three-quarters of a mile stretch between Mill Lane and Gressenhall Road.

There will also be no through access along some of the neighbouring footpaths in Dereham and Hoe.  The resurfacing will involve levelling out the current surface and re-establishing the width to 2.8 metres.  Existing gates, fencing and waymarking will be upgraded at the Gressenhall Road entrance and there will be improved drainage and additional wildlife enhancements. There will be no diversion in place but Norfolk Greenways say the route will be closed for the minimum amount of time needed to undertake work. The project, which will cost £146,300, will be carried out by Norfolk County Council’s Community and Environmental Services Department and its contractors.

Work is due to start from February 1.

(Source: Dereham Times)