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Roads to benefit from £20 million

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 29, 2014

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SOUTH Derbyshire is set to benefit from part of a £20 million road improvement boost.

Derbyshire County Council is to make the cash injection to roads in the county over the next year.

The money will be spent on resurfacing roads and pavements, gully and drainage improvements, bridge replacements, street lighting, new road signs and safety measures.

It has been announced that Darklands Road, Swadlincote, will get a high percentage of the cash for the area with £55,000 to be spent on resurfacing the pavements.

Meanwhile, £12,000 will be spent on a review of parking in Swadlincote town centre streets to enhance economic opportunities. It has already been announced that £20,000 of improvements will be made to its bus park.

Castle Gresley’s Mount Pleasant Road, will have £25,000 worth of replacement street light columns to reduce maintenance and energy costs.

Elsewhere in South Derbyshire, £45,000 will be spent on resurfacing Willington Road, Etwall, from Main Street to Oaklands Road.

This is in addition to the £15.8 million spent on routine maintenance and £3 million which is provided by central Government to repair damage caused by severe weather.

Dean Collins Derbyshire County Council’s deputy cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “We know residents put a high priority on the condition of roads and pavements which is why we are investing in improving them.

“A good roads network is essential to connect communities together and also support businesses which will help to improve the economy.”

A further £1.5 million has been agreed to be spent on countryside improvements including improving access.

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