Funding for improvement work announced for Northamptonshire streets

Shelley Road in Wellingborough, pictured in March 2012, is one of the areas in which roads will be improved
Shelley Road in Wellingborough, pictured in March 2012, is one of the areas in which roads will be improved

Residential streets in towns across the north of the county are set to receive Government cash to make much-needed improvements, the county council has said.

Areas of Corby, Desborough, Rothwell, Rushden and Wellingborough are all in line for a share of a £3.3 million windfall for Northamptonshire, which the county council says is a result of its lobbying of Government.

The council was one of a small number of authorities to receive a significantly higher award in recognition of its proactive approach to maintenance.

The improvement works will be a combination of resurfacing and patching on both footways and carriageways.

Work will take place in the High Hill Avenue, Oxford Street, Market Hill and Meeting Lane areas of Rothwell next month.

That will be followed by improvements in the Shelley Road area of Wellingborough in October and in the Beanfield Road area of Corby and the Daisy Bank area of Rothwell in November.

Later work will take place in Ise Valley Avenue, Saxon Close and Hill Top Avenue in Desborough and Glassbrook Road in Rushden.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that this money has been made available to us and emphasises that our proactive approach to highways repairs is nationally recognised.

“This award has allowed us to bring forward a programme of area wide improvement works focussed within residential areas that wouldn’t have been otherwise possible this year.

“To secure the funding we were required to submit a list of recommended locations together with what the overall outcomes would be, agree to carry out the work in the least disruptive way and to provide progress reports so local residents can see what is being achieved, and subsequently report back to Government with the results.

“We are committed to improving the county’s highways network, whilst at the same time achieving value for the taxpayer.”

The county council will be contacting people in the areas where the improvements will be taking place in the days prior to work starting.

In order to do the work as quickly as possible people will be asked to move their vehicles off roads and paths. The county council says it relies on the cooperation of local people in these matters to enable contractors to deliver the best standards of work.

The work is generally carried out under a road closure, whilst maintaining access for residents and any affected businesses. Working hours are from Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm, weather permitting, and no night working will be carried out.

In selecting the areas for the work, sites were assessed in each district and borough to identify estates where investment in suitable treatments now will save money in future maintenance costs and result in a visible ‘area’ impact.

Co-ordinating activities on a large scale achieves efficiencies by reducing traffic management costs, sharing resources and minimising administrative functions.