THE next stage of highways improvements for Leek are set to be rolled out in September.
After meeting with representatives from the town council, district council, chamber of commerce and Totally Locally, Staffordshire County Council has agreed to carry out the scheme in two phases.
The £650,000 project will see the controversial public realm scheme adjacent to the Nicholson War Memorial extended to the remainder of Derby Street, with work starting in early September and finishing in early November and then returning in the New Year to complete the project.
The project will see the widening of footways and a creation of a ‘shared space’ for pedestrians and motorists at the junctions of Russell Street and Market Street.
Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “It will be great to see the scheme completed and we have been working closely with traders to ensure it is very much business as usual while the work is finished.
“After listening to people we have decided to carry out the scheme in two phases, in the autumn and then finishing the end of Derby Street in 2014. We know how important the Remembrance Sunday commemorations and Christmas celebrations are to the town and by splitting the scheme we can make sure the work doesn’t impact on trade in particular over the festive period.”
The project is being funded by Staffordshire County Council and Sainsbury’s as part of wider investment across the town and materials for the paving, benches and planters will complement the first phase of the scheme.
Charlotte Atkins, Staffordshire county councillor for Leek South and district and town councillor, who organised the community meeting, said: “With great investment like the Premier Inn coming to the town it is important we complete this phase of the scheme.”