On the right path
As we previously reported, we allocated funding from Community Infrastructure Levy receipts to undertake path restoration in Horton County Park. This work was completed last month.
Prior to restoration the path surface was in a poor state and in wet weather become very muddy, riddled with large puddles and in places the hard core base layer was protruding.
We have used limestone scalpings for the paths. These are the off-cuts or shards created by dressing stone for building work, including quarry waste. The use of this material for off road countryside routes is standard, providing an inert, long lasting and hard wearing surface suitable for pedestrians with stout footwear, all terrain push chairs and wheelchairs, mountain bikes and horses.
Over time the surface will further smooth out and will last for many years with minimal maintenance.
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows the Council to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in the borough and is used to support new physical and social infrastructure and to improve existing facilities. Under legislation, at least 15% of levy receipts must be spent on priorities that have to be agreed with the local community. This 15% is often referred to as the ‘neighbourhood portion’ of the levy. The path restoration in Horton was allocated from this fund following representations to the ward councillors.