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Readers take to social media to vent fury over 'nightmare' three month closures to St Peter's bridge

Some of the supports to St Peter's Bridge are starting to show signs of deterioration and need replacing, so as result the bridge will be being closed for 3 months, from the end of August
Some of the supports to St Peter's Bridge are starting to show signs of deterioration and need replacing, so as result the bridge will be being closed for 3 months, from the end of August

Controversial plans to close one of Burton’s major bridges for three months have caused a huge response among residents in Burton and South Derbyshire, with hundreds of people taking to social media to have their say with many fearing there will be gridlock.

It was revealed on Thursday that major works to improve St Peter’s Bridge in Stapenhill, will begin at the end of this month, and will see the route closed until November. The major works will repair “life expired” bearings, which if left to deteriorate, would result in a weight limit being introduced on the bridge.

Read the full story here

New seven days a week Post Office coming to Burton town centre

A new seven days a week Post Office is due to open in Burton town centre at the end of the month. As part of an exciting new programme to modernise the company, the Post Office has announced plans to open a new post office ‘local’ service at the Ryman’s store, in 206 Station Street, Burton.

The new service, which is due to launch at 1pm on Thursday, August 24, will be incorporated into the current Ryman’s retail outlet, and will see an open-plan style Post Office service counter placed separately in the store.

Read the full story here.

John Port School could be adding an extra 500 pupils to its ranks after difficult year

John Port School, in Etwall, could be welcoming an extra 500 pupils through its doors as the county council makes plans to tackle the increasing number of homes in the area.

Derbyshire’s largest secondary school could see the expansion because of the government’s expectations of a big increase in the number of children applying for places in schools across the county.

Read more here.

Reports of accident heading into Derby

Drivers are being urged to avoid the A5111 into Derby due to reports of an accident.

The A5111 Raynesway northbound is closed between the A6 Alvaston Bypass, A6 Raynesway, Raynesway Park Drive and A52 Brian Clough Way,West Service Road.

Travel and traffic information website Inrix has reported an accident and the road is closed near Spondon

Second Swadlincote sign reveals another spelling error after 'Derbeyshire' debacle

A spelling error has appeared on a traffic sign in Swadlincote for the second time in two days. Sub-contractors employed by Derbyshire County Council do not seem to be locally-based after making two spelling errors on signs designed to alert traffic to future roadworks in the town.

The county council said it apologises on behalf of its sub-contractors and is asking them to check the signs properly before printing.

A new sign has appeared in Civic Way, with the word ‘Swadlingcote’ printed as it makes motorists aware of a night time road closure ahead.

Read the full story here.

A second misspelt Swadlincote sign
A second misspelt Swadlincote sign (Image: Iain Hambling)

CCTV footage shows moment a cash machine was pulled off a wall at Nisa in Hatton

Shocking CCTV footage of a gang stealing a cash machine from a supermarket in Hatton has been released by police.

The footage shows the gang arrive with a car, a 4x4 towing a trailer and a digger-type machine on Thursday, August 3.

They then use the digger to smash their way into the Nisa shop and drag the cash machine from the wall, before loading it into the trailer and driving off; accompanied by the car.

Watch the shocking footage and read the full story here.

Ram-raid on the cash point at the Nisa Store on Station Road, Hatton, using a telescopic handler.
Ram-raid on the cash point at the Nisa Store on Station Road, Hatton, using a telescopic handler.

Readers take to social media to vent fury over 'nightmare' three month closures to St Peter's bridge

Controversial plans to close one of Burton’s major bridges for three months have caused a huge response among residents in Burton and South Derbyshire, with hundreds of people taking to social media to have their say with many fearing there will be gridlock.

It was revealed on Thursday that major works to improve St Peter’s Bridge in Stapenhill, will begin at the end of this month, and will see the route closed until November. The major works will repair “life expired” bearings, which if left to deteriorate, would result in a weight limit being introduced on the bridge.

Read the full story here.

Some of the supports to St Peter's Bridge are starting to show signs of deterioration and need replacing, so as result the bridge will be being closed for 3 months, from the end of August
Some of the supports to St Peter's Bridge are starting to show signs of deterioration and need replacing, so as result the bridge will be being closed for 3 months, from the end of August

New seven days a week Post Office coming to Burton town centre

A new seven days a week Post Office is due to open in Burton town centre at the end of the month. As part of an exciting new programme to modernise the company, the Post Office has announced plans to open a new post office ‘local’ service at the Ryman’s store, in 206 Station Street, Burton.

The new service, which is due to launch at 1pm on Thursday, August 24, will be incorporated into the current Ryman’s retail outlet, and will see an open-plan style Post Office service counter placed separately in the store.

Read the full story here.

Abnormal load travelling through South Derbyshire

Wide load is travelling through South Derbyshire
Wide load is travelling through South Derbyshire (Image: Derby Roads Police)

Motorists are urged to be aware of an abnormal load causing hold-ups on the A511 today.

The load is travelling on the A511 Burton Road eastbound between B586 Midway Road/Sandcliffe Road (Masons Arms traffic lights) and A512 Ashby Road/A42 J13 Ashby/Coalville.

The abnormal load will travel from the A511, onto the A42 Northbound, and then onto the M1.

Taxpayers forced to pay for dangerous wall removal after Burton owner ignores council

A Burton homeowner has cost the taxpayer more than £900 to remove his dangerous wall after refusing to bulldoze the structure himself, it has been revealed.

Andrea Gagliardi, of All Saints Road, whose home also borders Oak Street, was asked by council chiefs to remove his wall, which runs alongside a pavement in Oak Street, but he refused to respond.

Read the full story here.

Councillor Syed Hussain had previously raised concerns about the wall
Councillor Syed Hussain had previously raised concerns about the wall

Burton and Derby hospital representatives answer the concerns raised by anti-merger protests

Health bosses have said there would be no cuts to services as part of plans to merge Burton and Derby’s hospitals. They have also refuted claims there has been a lack transparency over the proposed move.

It comes after protesters opposed to the merger between the two trusts which run Burton’s Queen’s Hospital and the Royal Derby staged a march and rally in Burton when they raised a series of points. These included criticising the bosses at the trusts over a ‘lack of transparency’.

Read the full story.

Sherne and Sheene Gordon deny serious assaults at business in Swadlincote

Two men are due to stand trial accused of inflicting serious injuries on three people at a Swadlincote business after denying the charge.

Sherne Gordon, 38, and Sheene Gordon, 41, both of Shannon Approach, Burton, appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court charged with inflicting the injuries, at Pitstop Tyres, in Robian Way, Swadlincote, on Friday, January 6.

Read the full story here.

Woman who was found dead on the A38 may have taken her own life, say police

Police believe a woman who died on the A38 near Ripley may have taken her own life.

Officers from Derbyshire Constabulary issued an appeal wanting to speak to anyone who drove along the A38 on Thursday, August 3, between 10.30pm and 11pm after officers were called to a stretch of the southbound carriageway. When they arrived at the scene between Ripley and the Coxbench turn-off, officers found the body of a woman. Her identity has not yet been released.

Read the full story here.

Slow traffic continuing on the roads this morning

There is some very slow traffic for commuters in Overseal this morning.

On the A444 Burton Road, traffic in both directions is travelling slowly due to roadworks in the area.

Elsewhere, there is further traffic in Woodville, on the A511 High Street in both directions, again due to roadworks in the area.

Woman taken to hospital after incident near Willington this morning

A woman has been taken to hospital following an accident on a road in Repton this morning.

Emergency vehicles attended the scene, on Willington Road, Repton where a car appears to have left the road and ended up in a hedge.

The car involved was a Peugeot 206 and her condition is not yet known. Police are on the scene recovering the vehicle and the canal bridge, B5008 is closed between Willington and Repton.

The A5132 for the Green and Bargate Lane is closed, and traffic monitoring website, Inrix has confirmed that traffic is coping well on alternative routes.

The Canal Bridge is closed as a police incident continues
The Canal Bridge is closed as a police incident continues

St Peter’s Bridge to close for three months as multi-million pound repairs get under way

Major work to improve a Burton bridge is set to begin later this month and will see the closure of one of the town’s busiest gateways for three months.

St Peter’s Bridge, in Stapenhill, hit the headlines in January when it was revealed that “life-expired” bearings on the bridge were at risk and the bridge could have a weight limit introduced if they continue to deteriorate.

Read the full story here.

Traffic update as the roads start to get busier

It’s looking like the roads in and around Burton are starting to get busy on this Monday morning commute.

There is some heavy traffic on the A511 Bridge Street, in Burton causing delays in both directions around the High Street.

Elsewhere, on the A5121 Derby Road, there is heavy traffic causing issues for both directions of the road.

On the A38, near Kingsway in Derby there is slow traffic around the A52 Markeaton Island, affecting traffic in both directions.

There continues to be slow traffic on the M1 southbound, before Junction 25, for the A52 Brian Clough Way between Nottingham and Derby due to roadworks.

With the planned closure of St Peter's Bridge for 3 months, it is likely to cause additional traffic on an already chaotic bridge. St Peter's Bridge
There's some traffic in and around Burton this morning

In case you missed it...

Jobs are at risk in Burton at a High Street favourite due to a slump which is being partly blamed on the Brexit vote leading to the fall on the pound.

Home store Wilko has said nearly 4,000 jobs are at risk, including branches in East Staffordshire as bosses said that 3,900 have been put on notice of potential redundancy.

Read the full story here.

We could have a rainy day ahead...

You might be waking up this morning and seeing quite a grey and cloudy sky above and light rain is expected to set in throughout this morning.

Throughout the day, from about midday, the rain should stop and dry skies and temperatures around 10C should set in for most of the day.

Later on this evening, from about 5pm, the rain will return with it being at its heaviest at around 7pm, so make sure you head out on that Monday evening stroll nice and early, and don’t forget your brolly!

It's going to be a dry and sunny day today but scattered showers are predicted
It's going to be a dry and sunny day today but scattered showers are predicted (Image: Getty)

Good morning!

Most roads around the Burton and South Derbyshire area appear pretty quiet this morning.

There is some slow traffic on the M1 southbound, just before Junction 25, for the A52 Brian Clough Way, running between Nottingham and Derby however, according to traffic monitoring website, Inrix.

Do let us know here on 01283 245022, at the Burton Mail if the roads you’re on are busy, on this early Monday morning.