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Leek Town Council unhappy over the appearance of roadworks in Derby Street

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 27, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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COMMUNITY leaders are unhappy with the appearance of partially completed roadworks.

The discussion came at a meeting of Leek Town Council and focused on improvements currently taking place in Derby Street, Leek.

Councillor Barry Cowie spoke of the stretch of road between the junction with Bath Street and Market Street – highlighting its Tarmac surface.

He said: "I wonder why Tarmac was put down there instead of the stone slabs that have been used for the road further up Derby Street.

"I think the Tarmac looks a mess."

The roadworks are part of improvements prompted by Sainsbury's redevelopment of the Churnet works in Macclesfield Road.

Councillor Charlotte Atkins, who is also a county councillor, said: "I understand it was changed due to cost implications – not changed by me, I hasten to add.

"I understand it was also due to the wear and tear. I do remember having this argument. Basically it was due to costing."

Leek Town Mayor John Fisher said: "We have got to bare in mind that a Lottery bid, which was not successful, was to be used for this town centre work.

"I think the pavements are looking good but agree that the Tarmac is not really good."

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