CIVIC chiefs say the restoration of The Weirs in Winchester has been crucial to preserving the walkway.

Contractors have been working on the pathway next to the River Itchen since the summer.

A spokeswoman said: "We’ve been making essential repairs to the western bank of the River Itchen between Bridge Street and Wharf Mill, an area known as The Weirs.

"The condition of the ageing timbers and fence along the bank, as well as damage caused by flood waters seen in the city in recent winters, means we need to carry out these works to make sure the land is protected for the future. This will ensure The Weirs is retained as a much loved area of open space as well as an important link to and from the city centre, which is popular with walkers and cyclists alike.

“The essential maintenance work is being undertaken over several summers and is expected to finish in spring 2021. To date, the project has cost approximately £272,000, including a £50,000 contribution from Hampshire County Council – a necessary investment in the city so that our residents and visitors will be able to enjoy The Weirs for years to come.”