Residents on Easington Road and Easington Gardens are set to benefit from improved pathways after local County Councillors financially contributed towards the works.
Local residents have been concerned about the deterioration of the paths on Easington Road and Easington Gardens so Councillors Eddie Reeves and Kieron Mallon pooled funding from their Councillor-allocated pots for a series of improvements. The works start today and will see narrow areas of grass replaced with a tarmac surface, resurfacing of full-width sections of the paths, and the application of a specialist material over-mature tree roots which have been lifting areas of the existing footways.
Oxfordshire County Council has written to residents on both streets to inform them of the works and to ask them to remove parked vehicles from the roads and the verges on weekdays between 8am and 4pm.
Councillor Eddie Reeves, County Councillor for the Calthorpe Division said: “I am pleased to have been able to use some of my Councillor Priority Fund to pay for these works. Residents have rightly raised the condition of the footways as a concern so it was important that we secured these improvements.
The works will be inconvenient in the short-term, but they will be worthwhile in the end and will make a huge difference to Mums and Dads looking to get their children safely to and from school.
They will also hugely improve the quality of life for local residents who, increasingly, haven't been able to make full use of the paths when out and about on a walk.”
Further works will also be carried out on Springfield Avenue to install a new, additional zebra crossing, and raised table at the junction with Horton View and Ruskin Road.
Work will begin on Monday, 15 February and is expected to last for two weeks. A full road closure will be in place for some of that time.
Councillor Kieron Mallon, County Councillor for the Bloxham and Easington Division said: “The works on Springfield Avenue are to provide an extra crossing point for all residents but particularly elderly residents of Stanbridge House and pupils of the local schools. This is at a natural crossing point that is currently heavily used but the addition of a zebra crossing will make it safer for all users.
All these works are part of an ongoing programme to improve the safety of pedestrians in this part of Easington.”