Downs Link route closure planned for upcoming repair works

The Downs link is a great local asset with benefits for all types of user: cyclists, walkers and equestrians. It makes for a nice leisurely ride o Stan's Bike Shack for a coffee and cake.

Re-surfacing works are set to be carried out on the Downs Link path near Slinfold in September.

The works will address the path badly damaged by flooding south of Slinfold Village.

Work will begin on Monday 5 September and is expected to last between three and four weeks.

The public route will be closed from Spring Lane (Slinfold) heading west towards Rudgwick leading up to Pensfold farm.

Pedestrians will be diverted using public footpaths - however there will be no off-road alternative for cyclists and equestrians.

County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, John O’Brien, said: “The path warranted much needed attention and Slinfold’s residents can be rest assured that the repairs will safeguard the route’s long-term resistance to heavy rainfall.”

Improvements to the drainage system have already been made to reduce the chances of future flooding.

Contractors will also deliver pothole repairs alongside the nearby caravan park.

The contract has been funded by local developers’ contributions.

More on the Down’s Link here.