Beccles walkway to close for six weeks as work starts on £36,000 rejuvenation project

Beccles town councillor Graham Catchpole pictured at The Avenue last year following the launch of hi

Beccles town councillor Graham Catchpole pictured at The Avenue last year following the launch of his appeal. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Following a successful appeal by a former Beccles mayor, work will be starting next month on a £36,000 project to rejuvenate a popular walkway.

The Avenue in Beccles taken in 1894. Picture: Courtesy of Beccles Town Council.

The Avenue in Beccles taken in 1894. Picture: Courtesy of Beccles Town Council. - Credit: Archant

Graham Catchpole launched the project to improve The Avenue during his mayoral year in 2016, and thanks to fundraising events and grants from local parish councils, clubs and organisations, the work can now get under way.

The Avenue, which runs from Beccles train station to the common, is popular with dog walkers, runners and families supporting their local teams.

A drainage system will be installed at the bottom of the footbridge which goes over the train line to stop water collecting and flooding, and a two-metre wide hard-wearing footpath will be laid along the quarter of a mile stretch, linking in with the existing pathways.

Work will also be carried out to tidy up trees in the area and new benches will be placed.

The Avenue in Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher.

The Avenue in Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher


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Mr Catchpole, who is seeing the work through in his role as a Beccles town councillor, said it was a project he had been hoping to complete for several years.

'It's all coming into place nicely and I'm really pleased work is getting started as it is the 150th anniversary of The Avenue being created so I was keen to get it done before the end of the year,' he said.

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'I think it is a pretty unique place, you can walk down there and you can't hear any noise from the cars and I just think it is fantastic.

'It's popular with dog walkers, joggers and families, so I hope the work will encourage even more people to go down there.

'You've got the sports pitches on either side and eventually we will have our new skate park down there too.'

The work gets under way on November 6 and in order for it to be carried out safely, The Avenue will be closed for six weeks.

However the common can still be accessed from the Common Lane North and Common Lane South entrances, and the southbound rail platform, Caxton Football Club and the 2nd Beccles Scouts can still be accessed via the station footbridge.

The town council apologises for any inconvenience caused during the work.

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