Huge new flood protection scheme gets underway
at Apex Park
starts in the week commencing Monday 26th September on increasing
the height of part of the flood defence embankment on the Brue
Estuary near Apex Park at Burnham-On-Sea.
scheme will also involve the creation of a surfaced path linking
Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge.
scheme is the result of collaboration between the Environment
Agency, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council and
Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity responsible for the
hugely successful National Cycle Network. The work will be carried
out by Ford Bros Limited of Cheddar.
path proposal received widespread local support through the Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge Community Strategy / Market and Coastal Towns Initiative
and was selected as a priority project.
project will also include the provision of benches at intervals
along the path, allowing users to pause and enjoy the views and
wildlife of the estuary.
existing public footpath route along the embankment will be closed
for the duration of the works, which may take up to 13 weeks.
floodbank works are mainly in the eastern section of the route,
alongside Apex Park and will raise the height by about 0.4 metres
(16 inches) in order to bring this up to the same standard as
the existing western part of the defences.
existing path is in variable condition. The eastern half is unsurfaced,
a central section has a rough stoned surface and the western end
tarred western section will remain unchanged but the remainder
of the path will be upgraded to a 3 metre wide compacted limestone
grit surface over a stone sub-base.
people do already use the path as an unofficial cycle route, but
when the surfaced path is installed this will be an official 'shared-use'
path for pedestrians and cyclists. The surfacing will also be
of benefit to wheelchair and pushchair users.
path will link to Highbridge town centre via the new path at the
eastern end of Apex Park which was built earlier this year. In
total this traffic free cycle path is about one mile long and
will be signposted as part of the National Cycle Network "Route
33". National Route 33 will eventually run from Weston-super-Mare
to Seaton and Lyme Regis on a mixture of on-road and traffic free