'Eco hub' opens up in Belfairs Park

New route opens through park

New route opens through park

First published in News

A NEW “green hub” has opened linking up woodland walkways and cycle routes to give visitors a tour around Belfairs Park and wildlife reserve in Leigh.

Southend Council and Essex Wildlife Trust have joined together to promote the new “green hub”, encouraging families to get fit and enjoy the great outdoors.

The project has seen all woodland walking routes and cycle ways linked up with the newBelfairsWoodland Centre, which opened in September, last year.

The centre now has a cafe, cycle parking and electric vehicle charging points.

Leaflets and a special app have also been unveiled which can be downloaded from www.essexwt.org.uk/belfairsapp which gives visitors a guided tour around the new “green hub”.

The app allows visitors to follow selected walks from their phone or tablet. Points of interest, children’s activities and audio accounts of the local history are highlighted along the journey.

Martin Terry, Southend councillor responsible for public protection, waste and transport, said: “The green hub is a real asset to Southend, promoting sustainability and outdoor activity in the beautiful setting of its ancient woodlands.”

The “green hub” initiative supports Southend Council’s bid to promote a campaign called Ideas In Motion, which encourages more people to saddle up instead of driving.

Since it started, it has already seen an 11 per cent reduction in the number of people travelling to work by car or van.

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3:37pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Eric the Red says...

Better take a mountain bike with suspension and mud tyres - the standard of maintenance is zero; just mud and ruts. Nothing has been done since John Prescott's office stumped up the money for the initial work years ago. If you are looking for 'cycle ways' you will be gravely disappointed, unless you try the Prittle Brook Greenway.
Better take a mountain bike with suspension and mud tyres - the standard of maintenance is zero; just mud and ruts. Nothing has been done since John Prescott's office stumped up the money for the initial work years ago. If you are looking for 'cycle ways' you will be gravely disappointed, unless you try the Prittle Brook Greenway. Eric the Red
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4:15pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Eric the Red wrote:
Better take a mountain bike with suspension and mud tyres - the standard of maintenance is zero; just mud and ruts. Nothing has been done since John Prescott's office stumped up the money for the initial work years ago. If you are looking for 'cycle ways' you will be gravely disappointed, unless you try the Prittle Brook Greenway.
the part pictured is the best bit, but thats 500 yards worth
[quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: Better take a mountain bike with suspension and mud tyres - the standard of maintenance is zero; just mud and ruts. Nothing has been done since John Prescott's office stumped up the money for the initial work years ago. If you are looking for 'cycle ways' you will be gravely disappointed, unless you try the Prittle Brook Greenway.[/p][/quote]the part pictured is the best bit, but thats 500 yards worth Robin Reliant
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5:02pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Belfairs Boy says...

Cant see.........Cllr Martin Terry on his bike?
Cant see.........Cllr Martin Terry on his bike? Belfairs Boy
  • Score: 0

6:06pm Mon 18 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Must take my scrambler over there, love having a tearing up
Must take my scrambler over there, love having a tearing up sesibollox
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11:56pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Roger of Leigh says...

Not sure I understand the great hub report. The original cycle path was not well constructed and forms puddles when it rains. (Photo available) The construction of the new road has made the path worse. The new road, made of hollow concrete blocks filled with shingle or grass is not good for cyclists.
The word hub indicates a connection with other routes. What does this path actually connect to? Many of the woodland paths that form routes to various parts of the town are not paved in any shape or form and therefore become impassable after bad weather, so why after the reconstruction of a section of road that has existed for many years are the powers that be claiming a huge benefit to the community?
Not sure I understand the great hub report. The original cycle path was not well constructed and forms puddles when it rains. (Photo available) The construction of the new road has made the path worse. The new road, made of hollow concrete blocks filled with shingle or grass is not good for cyclists. The word hub indicates a connection with other routes. What does this path actually connect to? Many of the woodland paths that form routes to various parts of the town are not paved in any shape or form and therefore become impassable after bad weather, so why after the reconstruction of a section of road that has existed for many years are the powers that be claiming a huge benefit to the community? Roger of Leigh
  • Score: 1

10:55am Tue 19 Aug 14

mikepaterson says...

The link for the app does not work.
The link for the app does not work. mikepaterson
  • Score: 0

8:58pm Tue 19 Aug 14

lucy10 says...

Belfairs Boy wrote:
Cant see.........Cllr Martin Terry on his bike?
one with the white cap
[quote][p][bold]Belfairs Boy[/bold] wrote: Cant see.........Cllr Martin Terry on his bike?[/p][/quote]one with the white cap lucy10
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