Work starts on £2million footpath improvement programme

Ward councillors Joyce Welsh, Tracey Dixon and Peter Boyack
Ward councillors Joyce Welsh, Tracey Dixon and Peter Boyack

Work has started on a £2million scheme to improve footpaths in South Tyneside.

The council is adopting a more strategic approach to the care of its 600km of roads and 1,100km of footpaths in a bid to reduce costs and bring about long-terms benefits.

Work is being carried out at Oak Crescent in Whitburn where pre-cast concrete flags are being removed and replaced with a tarmac surface to reduce the number of repairs in future years.

These works are being carried out in conjunction with repairs to the road at Oak Crescent.

Lead Member for area management and community safety, Councillor Tracey Dixon, said: “Our roads and footpaths are valuable council assets so it is vital that we maintain them effectively.”

“We know safe footpaths are important to local residents so I’m delighted that we have been able to take a proactive approach to improve them.”