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Improvement works due to start in Northumberland Heath

PUBLISHED: 09:24 09 January 2015 | UPDATED: 09:24 09 January 2015

Bexley Council Offices. Picture: Andy Barnes

Bexley Council Offices. Picture: Andy Barnes

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They are expected to take six weeks.

Improvement works in Northumberland Heath will be starting on Monday (January 12).

The works will enhance public spaces at the junction of Bexley Road and Mill Road by renewing old street furniture, reducing street clutter and providing new paving and trees.

They are expected to take six weeks to complete.

Decorative banners will be placed on lamp columns to highlight the history of Northumberland Heath and to give the area a stronger identity.

An interpretation sign providing information about the town’s former mill and tramway will also be installed on the main road.

The final stage of the works will see a deep clean carried out on the council-owned pavements in March.

Cllr Linda Bailey, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, said: “We have engaged with the local community to develop this scheme, in support of the businesses and community facilities in Northumberland Heath.

“Local Councillors have been working with me to develop these improvements and local people have been involved throughout the process.

“I hope these works will create a sense of pride in the town, and encourage people to spend more time there.”

The entrance to Mill Road from Bexley Road will be closed to vehicles from Monday for the duration of the works.

Details of temporary traffic diversions and existing restrictions are signposted at key junctions in Northumberland Heath. Mill Road car park, the library and other local roads will all be accessed from Northumberland Park and St. Paul’s Road.

A leaflet showing the diversions can also be downloaded from www.bexley.gov.uk/northheathimprovements

Pedestrian access will be provided to businesses and houses on Mill Road throughout the works.

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