More than £1.8m is being invested into Telford’s footpaths as part of an ongoing programme to maintain standards across the borough.
Improvements have already been delivered in Dawley and Aqueduct, and the team is now in the Hollinswood area then moving onto Randlay and Stirchley.
In addition, the council has identified an additional 500k of additional investment for footpath improvement work with sites schemed currently in the design phases.
Not only does this make for a clean, tidy and super smooth surface for walkers, pushchair and wheelchair users in the area, the choice of material in 2021/ 22 used in both Sutton Hill and Brookside reduced carbon emissions by 378 tonnes over traditional methods, according to the council.
Councillor Lee Carter (Labour), Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, Regeneration and the High Street said: “When you walk out of your front door, you want to see that your street is clean and well maintained and cracks and trip hazards will all be repaired making it easier for more people to use them.
“The quality of footpaths is an important part of daily life which we all take for granted and the impact it can have on people’s lives is significant.
“It not only makes the area look better, it also makes it easier for people to get around – especially those who need to use a push or wheelchair or are a person that enjoys active travel such as biking.”
In 2021/22 the council delivered more 83km2 and this year (22/23) in excess of 130km2 have been resurfaced – altogether an area of around 30 football pitches, with a surfacing treatment called ‘Rejuvoflex’.
The versatile product provides fast and effective footway repairs that ensures long lifecycles for footpaths, is value for money, high performing and environmentally friendly, plus it’s quick to lay making it ideal for use in residential areas.
Telford & Wrekin Council is investing more than £50 million across the borough in the next three years to keep neighbourhoods safe, clean and well connected despite a record 21 per cent cut to funding it receives from Government to maintain local roads.
Similar improvements have already been completed in Sutton Hill and Brookside.