THE FUTURE of a footpath that has been closed for nearly three years in Worcester could soon be revealed.

The footpath along Northwick Slip was closed in March 2022 after natural erosion made the path unsafe for walkers.

Worcestershire County Council said last year that the order closing the footpath is set to remain in place until October 1 2023 or until the work is completed - whichever is sooner.

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Cllr Mel Allcott, Worcestershire County Councillor for Claines division, is set to ask Cllr Mike Rouse, the cabinet member with responsibility for highways and transport, if funding can be provided to ensure the footpath can be reopened.

Question eight from Cllr Allcott on the Worcestershire County Council document 'Question Time' reads: "I understand Kepax bridge is scheduled to be completed December 2025.

"The nearby river footpath WR-810 in Claines has been closed for two and a half years. At a prior Council meeting, on the back of a highways general update, I asked Cllr Alan Amos (whilst cabinet member for highways and transport) if funding could be provided to reopen the footpath and this was declined.

"I am now asking Cllr Mike Rouse (as cabinet member for highways and transport) if funding can be provided, to ensure this much loved, very popular and previously frequently used river footpath can be reopened, in conjunction with the opening of Kepax Bridge, for the benefit of residents, visitors, tourism and the local economy?"

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The riverside path was first blocked off by an eight-foot steel fence in September 2021.

It is closed from the Northwick Lido to the steps down to the river near Chacewater Avenue.

The Worcestershire County Council meeting will be held on Thursday, September 14.