Town road is to be resurfaced after campaign for action

A POT-HOLE riddled access road in Ripley is due for a repair after months of petitioning by local residents.

The access road off Church Street, behind the Original Factory Shop store and Ripley Library, is in ‘desperate’ need of repair according to Ripley town councillor David 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.

This week the Orginal Factory shop and Amber Valley Borough Council, which are jointly responsible for the upkeep of the land, have agreed to resurface it.

A spokesman for Amber Valley confirmed that both parties are now in the process of obtaining quotes from contractors to carry out the works. He added that it was too early to discuss the cost of the resurfacing

Cllr Williams, who has been petitioning for the resurfacing to be done since December, was delighted by the news.

He said: “We have been trying to get this done for six months – it was patched up two years ago when Sainsbury’s were there, but it is in desperate need of a full resurface now.

“It is one of the necessary steps needed to regenerate Ripley.

“Everyone in the town talks to me about it and knows it. It reflects badly on the town.

“But the Original Factory shop have been excellent and very co-operative in getting this underway.”

No timetable has yet been drawn up for when the resurfacing work will begin.