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Highways schemes underway in Tewkesbury
2:46pm Friday 1st February 2013 in News
A TEWKESBURY footpath has been resurfaced thanks to funding from the Highways Local scheme.
Councillors Vernon Smith and Mike Sztymiak, the two ward members for Tewkesbury at Gloucestershire County Council, have pooled their resources to address a number of issues in the area.
The first of these was the resurfacing of the footway at Kingston Road, in Northway, which was recently completed.
The resurfacing, and the schemes planned for the future, are being funded by a £10,000 budget allocated to each county councillor in Gloucestershire.
The councillors have all talked to people in their communities and worked with their local highways manager to develop schemes to benefit the local area.
Coun Vernon Smith said: “The Highways Local scheme builds on a successful scheme from last year – Highways – Your Way for parishes.
"This showed that working more closely with parish and town councils and local communities works. I’m a firm believer that local is best when it comes to services and I’m pleased to be able to support people in Tewkesbury with improvements to footpaths and new lighting for the bus stop.”
Coun Mike Sztymiak said: “Although not vast, this pot of money will enable us to get on with works that are important to people, but never seem to get done.
"Often it’s these small things that bring the most benefit to local residents. I’m sure the people of Northway will gain from these footway and lighting improvements.”
The remaining works in the town will start over the coming weeks and are expected to be completed before the end of April.
Councillor 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.”