Footway repairs receive cash injection from Rotherham CouncilPublished Wednesday, 4th July 2018
In its budget earlier this year, Rotherham Council announced an extra £1 million cash injection for footway and pavement repairs and those additional works are now underway.
As part of its 2020 Roads Programme, the Council’s highways team carried out improvements to more than 60km of Rotherham’s roads – just over 37 miles - last year. The 2018/9 programme of planned repairs will cover streets right across the borough from Anston to West Melton, and includes an additional £1 million for footways on top of the £10 million already allocated for roads.
Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, this week stopped off to see some of the first extra works underway on Clarence Street in Dinnington.
She said: “As part of our commitment to providing safe, well-maintained neighbourhoods, we have already doubled the amount of money that the council's spends on road resurfacing through to the end of the decade under our 2020 Roads programme.
"But residents also tell us that they are worried about the state of some of our pavements. That's why this year we have made an extra million pounds of capital investment available to improve pavements. It means that we will be able to fix an extra pavement in the borough every week this year.
“I was really pleased to be able to see the works underway in Dinnington alongside Cllr Vjestica recently. Poor quality pavements affect those with mobility problems and those dependent on wheelchairs so in some places these will be really important improvements. I hope therefore that these works will help residents right across the borough,” she added.
Pictured at Clarence Street, Dinnington, where footway repairs are currently taking place are (from left): Rotherham Council's Head of Service, Highways, Colin Knight, Streetpride operative Marcus Armstrong, Dinnington Ward Councillor John Vjestica, Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, Cllr Emma Hoddinott and Streetpride operatives Mark Bennett and Alex Booth.
Anyone who wants to see which roads will be resurfaced through this year’s programme can go to the website and follow the link to Road Improvement Schemes to find out more and see the list for 2018/19.
Residents can also keep up to date with planned and emergency road works by following the Council on Twitter - @RMBCPress.