Buxton motorists facing second week of disruption

Diversions to allow work on the High Pavement in Buxton is causing gridlock in the town

Diversions to allow work on the High Pavement in Buxton is causing gridlock in the town

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WORK to remove dangerous trees on a major Buxton route is to enter a second week.

Derbyshire County Council initially said the A6 Bakewell Road road would be closed for five days between the Morrisons supermarket and the bottom of Fairfield Road from Monday, June 18 to Friday, June 22. But work will continue next week from Monday, June 25 to Wednesday, June 27, opening up to allow the Olympic Torch through Buxton on Friday, June 29.

Diversions to allow work on the High Pavement in Buxton is causing gridlock in the town

Diversions to allow work on the High Pavement in Buxton is causing gridlock in the town

However, the footpath will remain closed even after the tree work is completed. The following week, July 2, the authority will assess the work needed to make the wall safe and any further work needed on the trees.

The footpath was closed on safety grounds in November after overhanging trees caused parts of the wall bordering the footpath to collapse.

The land was sold in 2008 by the county council to a private owner for £10,000. And up to last month, the authority had already spent £8,400 trying to get the landowner to take remedial action.

However, this has been unsuccessful so the cost of the work may fall on council taxpayers until the money can be recouped from the landowner.

The road closure has caused major traffic congestion through the town this week.