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Families welcome a traffic increase.

Byline: By DAYLE CRUTCHLOW dayle.crutchlow@mrn.co.uk

CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating after persuading the county council to reopen a Nuneaton road to through traffic two years after it was closed.

The newly-formed residents association at Old Hill Top was supported in its campaign to get Barton Road reopened by the county council officials and borough councillors.

The reopening of the road is one of a series of improvements designed to create a better environment on the estate.

Since traffic was prevented from using Barton Road residents say it has become a meeting point for youths and has caused severe nuisance problems.

Hundreds of people signed a petition calling for the road to be reopened and their concerns and requests were put forward at a series of consultation events.

Construction work to reopen the road is now almost complete and further improvements are being made to vandalised areas.

Jay Ashurst-Davison, secretary of the Old Hill Top Residents' Association, said: "Residents have worked so hard to get the road reopened and we are extremely pleased that this has now happened.

"We are actively working to improve the area and facilities for all the community and this will help enormously."

Cllr June Tandy, deputy leader of Warwickshire County Council and cabinet member for regeneration and planning, said: "Reopening the road is just one step in improving the Old Hill Top estate. Next steps include improving cleanliness on the estate and upgrading facilities on the recreation ground.

"The county council and the borough council are doing all we can to support the residents in their hard work to improve their environment."

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DN9752_1. HAPPY SMILES: Celebrating the reopening of Barton Road, Old Hill Top, Nuneaton, are (from left) Cllr Julie Jackson, County Cllr June Tandy and residents Jay Ashurst-Davidson, Rita Williams, Yoland Millbourn, Sarah Marshall, Chris Crawford and Christine Mills. Picture: DARRYL SMITH
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 23, 2004
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