New footpath and cycle access planned linking two estates in Middlesbrough

The new access would link Schofield Way on the Bracken Grange estate with Scholars Rise
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A new link is being proposed to allow residents of a growing housing estate to access local amenities more easily on foot or by bike.

Middlesbrough Council plans to create a new access between Schofield Way on the Bracken Grange estate and Scholars Rise to the east, via a small stretch of new path across council-owned land. The new link, costing an estimated £11,000, would provide a direct route for residents of the Bracken Grange estate to nearby amenities, using sustainable methods of travel, said the local authority.

The pedestrian route currently used by residents is "circuitous" and involves negotiating a footpath adjacent to the James Cook University Hospital, said a council report. Parents and students have reported "numerous" incidents of anti-social behaviour on the path.

"Creating the proposed route would result in a significant decrease in journey time for parents and students travelling from the growing Bracken Grange development," said the report. A four-week consultation was held in January and February and 36 responses were received, with one in favour of the proposed scheme and 35 against.

Some residents pointed out there were already routes available while there were also concerns it would attract crime and antisocial behaviour. The council said the path would be designed to minimise the potential for issues and a section of railing would would be installed to prevent vehicles from using the access.

The Executive member for environment at the local authority, Cllr Peter Gavigan is due to consider the plans on Monday, June 10. If approved, the scheme would commence immediately.

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