Building on the excellent work already undertaken, a number of further improvements to the paths on the Green Circle Network have been achieved by partnership working between Burgess Hill Town Council, West Sussex County Council’s Public Rights of Way and Highways Departments and Mid Sussex District Council.
Funded by the partnership, improvement works have included using recycled ‘road planings’ to improve the surface of several bridleways; new dropped crossings at various locations; a new pedestrian guardrail and a new footpath.
What is the Burgess Hill Green Circle Network? It will provide a traffic free route with footpaths and cycle ways in a circular route around the town with ‘spokes’ leading into the town centre. The ‘spokes’ mostly use existing paths and Public Rights of Ways and are routes to encourage residents to walk or cycle to the main attractions of the town, i.e. shops, places of work, railway stations, business parks, schools, health centres, leisure facilities etc, as well as allowing to access the countryside. They will accommodate various modes of sustainable transport, including pedestrians, cyclists, disability scooters, wheelchairs, prams/pushchairs and where appropriate on some of the outer routes, horses.
Upgrading the paths means they are accessible for everyone and all year round. Further information on the Burgess Hill Green Circle Network including a map of the route is available on-line at www.burgesshill.gov.uk/greencircle or alternatively at Burgess Hill Town Council’s Help Point, 96 Church Walk, Burgess Hill.
Chris Thomas-Atkin, Chairman of Burgess Hill Town Council, commented: “The work that has been achieved on the Green Circle Network this year is fantastic and demonstrates excellent partnership working. We are keen to get people using the Green Circle Network whether as a means to get to work, school or shopping or to enjoy the leisure pursuits of walking or cycling in our beautiful countryside.”