THE second phase of a project to improve footpath and cycle routes in Bromsgrove’s Sanders Park will begin later this month.

The work will focus on the section which runs from the tennis courts to St John’s School.

That means access will be gained across grassed areas from the school playing fields at the back of the multi user games area and tennis courts (leading from Watt Close/Brook Road).

Work is scheduled to start on August 26 and should last for two weeks.

Phase 3 will commence after the summer holidays and after the bonfire event.

Once all phases are completed they will see a new widened combined walking and cycling path from Whitford Road through the wooded area near the wildlife pond and the Millennium Wood by the play area through the centre of the park (including widening of the bridge) and creating a new, improved main access at Kidderminster Road.

Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for leisure, Cllr Phil Thomas, said: “This is great news that our glorious park will be accessible to even more people.

“The upgrades will make some of the natural, wooded and wetland areas of the park accessible by wheelchairs whatever the weather or time of year, for the first time.

“We have planned each stage of the project to cause minimum disruption – but do please bear with us while we make these changes.”

The works are being carried out by Worcestershire County Council using National Productivity Investment funding from the Department for Transport to provide better walking and cycling access to Bromsgrove town centre.

The link through Sanders Park is one of nine links in the town in total.