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Improvement boost for families living on A5 route.

A massive improvement programme is planned covering 30 miles of the A5 through Staffordshire with benefits for drivers and people living along the route.

Government agencies and other organisations will pump cash into areas blighted by traffic using one of the busiest routes through the county.

County council officials are anxious to improve run-down areas to give a better impression to people driving through on the A5 route. Families can expect to see their communities given a boost with landscaping projects and schemes to clear eyesores.

Tamworth families have already enjoyed major benefits since the A5 was diverted to create a bypass. Property improvement schemes are under way in areas including Wilnecote and Two Gates which used to be choked with traffic.

The A5 route through Staffordshire runs from the M42 at Tamworth to the Shropshire boundary near Weston-under-Lizard. "It is proposed to implement a programme of landscape improvement schemes along the A5 corridor and also a number of small clearance pro jects within the Cannock Chase council area," said Staffordshire County Council's development services director Mr Adrian Murray.

English Partnerships has given approval for a feasibility study covering the entire length of the A5 in Staffordshire.

Villages close to the A5 will benefit including Cheslyn Hay, near Cannock, which is earmarked for an upgrading scheme in Station Street.

Meetings have been held between county and district council officials and involving English Partnerships, the Forest of Mercia group and other organisations.

Staffordshire Environmental Fund will be asked to pay for the services of a landscape architect to plan the various schemes.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 17, 1998
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