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Work to start on historic Swanage pathway thanks to £150k grant
WORK to repair the historic Priest’s Way pathway that links Swanage to Worth Matravers will soon start thanks to a £150,000 grant.
Parish leaders lodged the grant application in a bid to bankroll urgent repairs to the ancient three-mile track earlier this year.
Some walkers say the pathway has deteriorated so much in recent years that it can sometimes be almost impossible to get along, particularly in wet weather.
Project spokesman Ian Vaughan-Arbuckle said: “This is a major achievement which will undoubtedly enhance this important local facility while improving access for all.
“Wide consultation within the local community confirmed the desire for the work to be done and I want to thank all those who generously gave their time to ensure that our bid was successful.”
The Path for Communities Fund grant application, administered by Natural England, was supported by Swanage Town Council, Worth Matravers Parish Council and Langton Matravers Parish Council.
Each council also awarded a grant towards the project, and the Rambler’s Holiday Trust has agreed to make funding available for new waymarkers.
The renovation scheme includes drainage and resurfacing work, the creation of a short new stretch of bridleway and the upgrading of adjoining paths. It is expected to take between 8-10 weeks to complete.
Mr Vaughan-Arbuckle said: “In approving the project, Natural England confirmed that the grant was the highest and one of the most worthy they have awarded.”
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