A FOOTPATH at a popular beauty spot in Romsey could be closed for two months as part of a £6 million flood alleviation scheme.

Work on the Romsey Extra Footpath, running along The Causeway from Bypass Road to Sadlers Mill, could start at the beginning of June and last for eight weeks.

One community leader revealed “it is a pity” the Causeway will be shut off again to ensure vehicles up to 26 tonnes can use the route.

Cllr Mark Cooper, who represents Romsey Tadburn on Test Valley Borough Council, said: “It is a pity it [the work] was not finished earlier, because walking on the Causeway is one of the most enjoyed recreation spots.

“It is also a fairly confined space where they are working so I don’t think you can have many machines up there at the same time..”

Cllr John Parker, who represents Romsey Tadburn on the borough council, said: “The eight weeks to finish the work off will mean vehicles will not drive off into the river.

"At the moment drivers are having to come across the temporary track that comes in from the A27 so they can get to their homes.”

The proposals were drawn up by the Environment Agency and Hampshire County Council.

A spokesperson from the Environmental Agency said: “The Causeway is being closed to allow our contractor to install timber-clad barriers.

“These will prevent vehicles up to 26 tonnes from falling off the bridges over the spillways while working on the Romsey Flood Alleviation Scheme.

“Our contractor estimates the Causeway will be closed for eight weeks, to allow for working under coronavirus restrictions, but hopes it will re-open sooner.”

They added: “When completed the £6m Romsey Flood Alleviation Scheme will provide greater flood protection to nearly 130 homes as well as commercial properties in Romsey.”