Downend’s high street to be resurfaced this year
Frenchay & Downend ward councillors Jon Hunt, James Griffiths and Ben Burton in Downend’s high street area
DOWNEND’S high street is set to be resurfaced this year as part of the council’s £7.24 million transport maintenance scheme.
A £200,000 scheme to shield Frenchay residents from ring road noise is another project which will be carried out in the next 12 months as part of a further £2.3m spending on new improvements.
The council’s ruling Conservative cabinet has announced a series of works on road, cycleways and footways, structures and road drainage.
In Downend, just under £97,000 will be spent on resurfacing the length of the high street area, from the Chestnut Road junction with Downend Road to the Cleeve Hill traffic lights on Badminton Road.
A further £12,000 is being spent on footpath improvements alongside Westerleigh Road between Mangotsfield Cemetery and Downend School.
In Staple Hill and Mangotsfield, Salisbury Road is set to be resurfaced between the Peache Road and Longden Road junctions, at a cost of just over £66,000, with a further £89,000 to be spent on resurfacing the whole length of Elmleigh Road.
Richmond Road will also be resurfaced along its entire length between St James's Street and Windsor Place, at a cost of just under £95,000.
Kingston Drive, Kingston Close, Springfield Avenue, Springfield Close, Stockwell Drive, Springleaze and Balmoral Court are also on the list for resurfacing during the next year.
The Frenchay scheme will see ‘acoustic fencing’ installed at Fenbrook Close, which is next to the Avon Ring Road by the Hambrook traffic lights.
Frenchay and Downend Tory ward councillor Jon Hunt said: “The introduction of acoustic fencing is something we have been working towards for a while and so I am delighted that £200,000 has been allocated towards this scheme.
“This will have a significant benefit on the lifestyle of local residents by reducing noise. We see this as the first phase of a series of work to improve conditions for other streets that are similarly affected.”
Staple Hill & Mangotsfield Labour councillor Michael Bell welcomed the resurfacing schemes for the area.
He said: “I have worked hard for improvements to our roads. Gerrish Avenue, Burley Grove, Long Road and St James Street have all been partly or wholly resurfaced in recent years and my request on behalf of residents for work on Balmoral Court and Elmleigh Road has been agreed for 2020/1 with Royal Road hopefully to follow soon after.
“I receive many requests for repair to potholes as well, and these are filled in, but in many cases this proves to be only temporary and they soon seem to re-appear. A complete road surface repair request has to be assessed by the council as it needs a lot more funding, and there is a much longer waiting time for the work to be carried out.”