Opinion splitting plans to Tarmac sections of a well-used bridleway between West Row and Mildenhall have been given the go-head.
Officials at Suffolk County Council gave the green light to the installation of the new surface following a meeting on Tuesday.
News of council officers’ decision to push through the scheme, which is set to cost £220,000, came 24 hours after more than a 100 people attended a public meeting at the Judes Ferry pub in West Row.
“After having a couple of meetings with my team we felt that the right decision was to go-ahead with the project,” said Cllr Colin Noble, who represents Row Heath on the county council.
“I thought the public meeting that was held in West Row on Monday was a good meeting and lots of people had the chance to have their say. I felt that there was around even split of those against the plans and those for it.”
Funding for the project, which will start later this month, has come from a £150,000 grant from Department for Transport, £50,000 from Suffolk County Council and £20,000 from Sustrans, a national charity promoting sustainable travel.
Starting at the West Row end, the new Tarmac path will run alongside the existing bridleway until being joined with an existing section of Tarmac path close to Wamil Hall.
The remaining section into Mildenhall will see existing farm tracks, and dirt and grass paths, completed resurfaced with Tarmac.
“I am quite excited about this as it gives cyclists, horse riders and walkers a safe path to use while it also meets the government’s push to help promote healthy living,” said Cllr Noble.