Access road problem is smoothed over

NRHNBE111210a1 Ripley couvillors next to the newly tarmaced stretch of road to the car park. Mick Wilson, Awyn Bridge, Alex Walsh, Julie Bridge, David Williams and Michael Missett.
NRHNBE111210a1 Ripley couvillors next to the newly tarmaced stretch of road to the car park. Mick Wilson, Awyn Bridge, Alex Walsh, Julie Bridge, David Williams and Michael Missett.

A POTHOLE riddled access road has been resurfaced following a campaign by Ripley Town Council.

The access road off Church Street, behind the Original Factory Shop store and Ripley Library, was in ‘desperate’ need of repair according to CllrDavid Williams, after a bout of hard frosts in 2010.

The steep road is used heavily by delivery lorries to the Original Factory Shop as well as providing access to an Amber Valley Borough Council pay and display car park and a large private car park serving nearby businesses.

In June the Original Factory Shop and Amber Valley Borough Council, which are jointly responsible for the upkeep of the land, agreed to resurface it. And on Thursday a team of contractors completed the work.

Cllr Williams said: “It’s excellent news - it is something we have been trying to get done for a while now. This is the way to regenerate the town centre.

“A lot of the access roads to shops in the area are in a terrible mess.

“It’s something I have been in close contact with the Factory Shop about. I’m delighted it could be completed at long last.”