Riverside walk is in the works

First published in News

WALKERS could soon be enjoying the sights of Shipston along the river.

Members of a town council working group are in the early stages of developing a riverside walk from the Brailes Bridge towards Stratford along the River Stour.

It follows a meeting with the landowner Robert Harper last year, who is supporting the venture.

At a full council meeting, councillors decided to go ahead with looking into the cost of creating a path, the proposed route and installing picnic benches.

Deputy Mayor Philip Vial said people have been asking for a riverside walk for a long time.

“There have been calls for years for there to be a riverside walk,” he said. “We have a river and are in a rural location and we don’t have a formal riverside walk.

“It’s been looked at two or three times but not got anywhere in the past. But we’ve got a new town council and people are more interested in supporting it and we’ve still got lots of people calling for it from the public.

“Now we have to discuss creating a right of way. The walk doesn’t currently follow the river completely. We need to do some work with the Environment Agency to open up the footpath.”

He added that in order to fund the project, they would have to fundraise along with secure sponsorship grants.

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