RESIDENTS left amused after finding a path that does not lead anywhere have discovered it is part of a major networking project.
The mysterious path has been described by residents as resembling the end credits to a film, as it reads ‘to be continued in 2016’.
Braintree Council revealed the path is part of an incomplete network, which could connect the station, town, Skitts Hill, Rose Hill, Flitch Way and Rifle Hill together.
Martin Green came across the path in John Ray Park in Braintree whilst walking his Cockapoo, Kuqi.
Mr Green, who lives in Perryfields, said: “It just really made me laugh as it reminds me of the end to a film, it just seems weird they haven’t finished it when you would have thought they’d have done it all in one go.
“It’s just really strange as I haven’t seen anything like it before, but it sounds like a really good idea.”
The path, which has been in the park since Autumn, is due to be completed by winter this year.
Mr Green said: “I’m all for encouraging people to get on their bikes and use healthier options to get to places.
“It sounds like a good plan and this is the first we have heard of it but it’s encouraging to see improvements to access.
“It’s definitely something I would use regularly.”
The plans include a choice of routes:
•Building a two and a half-metre wide tarmac path to connect Skitts Hill and Rifle Hill to the river crossing, and the current tarmac surface to the Station and Flitch Way.
•Another path the same length will also connect Skitts Hill to St Johns Avenue.
•A shorter path could also connect Rose Hill to the river crossings.
•The council will also rebuild the steps down to the river.
Braintree Council said it will start consulting with residents on the new path network from Monday, February 22 until Monday, March 21.
It is not known how much the project will cost or how much disruption it will cause until the consultation is completed.
Councillor Wendy Schmitt, cabinet member for environment, said: “We’re looking forward to continuing with this project and it’s completion will enable commuters in the south and east of Braintree, to walk or cycle to the station.
“There is a choice of five routes to complete the path.
“Projects like this help us make it easier for residents to enjoy the outdoors by providing better access to green space and better networks to walk and cycle around the district.
“It will also make access to the town and other areas much more convenient.”
The proposals can be viewed at http://www.braintree.gov.uk/info/200137/consultations/856/john_ray_park_opinion_survey There will be a consultation event in John Ray Park on Sunday, March 13 from 11.30am until 3pm.
This will be an opportunity for the public to share their views.