Road closure for Wotton-under-Edge major route makeover
Work will be starting today on patching Gloucester Street in Wotton-under-Edge.
County councillor John Cordwell has allocated part of his £10,000 budget for patching the street, between Bear Street and Bradley Street, following complaints from residents.
Work is set to begin today, with the road closed for two days – today and tomorrow.
Cllr Cordwell said: "I have had many complaints about the condition of Gloucester Street, but the defects did not come up to the official definition of potholes, so this seemed to be a way to get the repairs done.
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"As a major route through the town, its closure will unfortunately cause considerable inconvenience for the two days it is in progress. But the improvements will be of real benefit to most local drivers.
"I have also received a number of requests for the resurfacing of Rope Walk, which will be carried out at a later date. This is another scheme which would not have been done otherwise."
Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for communities, said: "County councillors are our closest link to these communities, so it makes sense for them to be more involved and tell us which highways schemes would best meet the needs of people in their area."
Each county councillor has an allocated Highways Local budget of £10,000 to spend on highways projects in their local area. Councillors have used their funding for a wide range of schemes from resurfacing and pothole repairs to drainage and safety schemes.
The Highways Local scheme, which will run for two years initially, will cost £1.16million overall - £630,000 in year one and £530,000 in year two (the figure reduces because the number of county councillors will be cut from 63 to 53 following the elections in May).
This will be funded through the transformation reserve – the pot of money the council has allocated to changing business practices with a view to making long term savings.
If the pilot is successful and the scheme is continued, it would be paid for as part of the normal highways budget.