Derbyshire County Council to spend up to £25k on building new steps in Chesterfield

Derbyshire County Council is to spend up to £25,000 on building new steps to link two retail parks in Chesterfield, the Derbyshire Times has learned.

Tuesday, 2nd May 2017, 3:26 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:46 pm
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The steps will eventually connect Ravenside Retail Park with the Lordsmill Retail Park.

Building work had been due to start this spring - but the council says the project is delayed because of land ownership issues.

A council spokesman said: "We're still intending to build the steps to link Lordsmill Retail Park with Ravenside Retail Park and the funding is set aside.

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"Unfortunately issues with land ownership have delayed this project and until we resolve these we cannot give a date when work will start.

"Once we've sorted out the land issues then the job should only take a couple of weeks."

The budget for this job is £25,000, the spokesman added.

Currently, some people gain access to the retail parks by going up and down a steep, dangerous embankment.

However, fencing has been put up to try and stop members of the public from doing this.

Last year, the council opened a new walking and cycling path inbetween the two retail parks.

The council - which says it faces its toughest cuts in history - needs to make savings of up to £80million by 2021-22.

It has already made more than £200m of cuts.