The proposal will create improved leisure connections between Brixham and Churston (and beyond) for people on foot and travelling by bicycle.
The proposed improvements are part of a wider strategy to improve sustainable transport links across Torbay and to help to connect people with nature. The link will include:
- Improve accessibility along the traffic free route from Churston to Brixham for people travelling on foot and by bicycle.
- Have potential to become part of the South West Coast Path Seafood Trail linking coastal walks with local seafood restaurants.
- Improve path surfacing and provide clearer, safer entry and exit points, and improve links in locally steep or
- Provide opportunities to enjoy and enhance biodiversity and local flora and fauna.
- Provide clear way-finding.
- Repair field boundaries to secure livestock and ensure user safety.
Detailed proposals for each area are set out below.
Ecology and wildlife
Ecological surveys have been undertaken to ensure that the proposed route protects and enhances the biodiversity of the area, utilising an ecology-led design approach that improves wildlife corridors and retains existing habitat assets.
Key existing habitat features that will be retained and enhanced include:
- Existing broadleaved woodland areas, which will be managed to improve the woodland structure and
biodiversity, enhance woodland edges and address issues such as Ash Dieback.
- Existing hedgerows, which will be retained, enhanced and reinforced.
- Existing meadow areas will be enhanced through the removal of scrub and active management to enhance
habitat for wildflowers and increase biodiversity.
- The area is designated as a Greater Horseshoe Bat Flyway within the South Hams Special Areas of Conservation. The proposals will reinforce existing linear habitat features, enhance meadow areas and will not include any new artificial lighting.
A no dig path construction will be used in the root area of existing retained trees.
Further ecological surveys will be undertaken to ensure that construction works are timed to avoid harm to
protected species (such as reptiles, cirl buntings, badgers, bats, dormice and invertebrates) that may be present. The proposals will enhance the long term potential habitat for these species.
Churston to Brixham Cricket Club
- Increase path width and resurface with limestone aggregate to improve access for pedestrians and
- Repair and reinforce existing hedge boundaries (lay hedges, infill planting and stockproof fencing).
- Highway safety improvements and entrance gateway from Churston (Copythorne Road).
- Improve management of existing meadow to enhance biodiversity (remove scrub and seasonal cutting etc).
- Active woodland management to improve habitat and woodland structure.
- Improved way finding signage along the route, with potential for new seats and local artwork in key locations.
- Potential future step free route down to Churston Cove.
- Potential extensions to route westwards through Churston and along the former Brixham Branch Line.
View the map for more details of the proposed route from Churston to Brixham.
Fishcombe Cove Area
- Increase width and resurface path with limestone aggregate to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists, using a no dig footpath construction in areas with tree roots.
- Revised route to remove steps in steep areas.
- Improved signage at junctions, including potential for artworks.
- Enhance links to South West Coast Path, and routes to Brixham Town Centre and Harbour.
- Enhance existing informal footpaths through the Grove to improve access to Churston Cove.
- Potential to enhance and promote links to attractions/destinations (e.g. Cafes, Brixham Heritage Group Museum, Public Toilets, Battery Gardens, Viewpoints etc).
View the Fishcombe map for more details of the proposed route in the Fishcombe area.
Have your say
We would like your feedback on the emerging proposals – and in particular your thoughts in relation to the following questions:
- Are there any constraints or issues along the proposed route that we have not considered?
- Do you agree that the proposed surface material (crushed limestone) is appropriate for this route (enhancing accessibility without introducing a hard surface such as blacktop).
- Do you have any comments on the proposed route alignment between Churston and Brixham Cricket Club?
- Do you have any comments on the proposals around Fishcombe?
- Please let us have any other thoughts or comments with regard to the proposals.
Please respond by email to email@example.com by 1 May 2020.