Footpath reopens after two year closure

Community event.
Community event.

A public footpath which runs alongside the new BDR Waste Treatment plant at Manvers in Rotherham has reopened after a two year closure.

The 700 metre stretch of Public Bridleway number 50 has been closed since September 2012 to allow work on the new facility to progress and to ensure the safety of local pedestrians and horse riders using the route along Bolton Road.

Shanks contracts director, Colin Fletcher, said: “We’re pleased to be able to reopen this popular right of way and want to thank local people for their patience and support during the necessary closure period.”

Alternative routes for pedestrians and horse riders were provided via Bolton Road and Houndhill Road. The closure was advertised in local media, and notices posted at either end of the affected route. The local Access Forum was also informed, along with Dearne Valley Ramblers.

The path has been partially resurfaced to improve conditions for local users. The new facility is almost complete and on target to open in Summer 2015. It will treat up to 265,000 tonnes per year of leftover household and a small amount of commercial waste from the three councils. The contract is for the delivery of a Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) and Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility. Shanks is building this by 2015 and will operate and maintain it over a 25-year period from 2015 until 2040.