THE long wait for construction to begin on Ashbourne’s multi-user path behind St Oswald’s Hospital and Waterside Park could soon be over, as county council bosses announce they are ready to give its construction the go-ahead.
Cedar House Investments, which is duty bound to build a footpath linking School Lane with Mayfield Road as part of a planning condition following the construction of Waterside Park, has been waiting for Derbyshire County Council to agree on an ‘adoptable standard’ for the path, as the authority will take on responsibility for it once it is built.
Without this technical approval, the developer has not been able to start work and Derbyshire Dales District Council, which is able to enforce the construction of the path, has not had an approved specification to take action against.
In a brief statement from Derbyshire County Council the authority told the News Telegraph that the developer will receive its construction approval from them “early this week”.
A spokesman for Cedar House Investments said: “Everything is in the court of the Derbyshire County Council who have to issue approval and we have had no meaningful correspondence for quite a while now.
“But it’s very good if they’re ready, then let’s go ahead.”
In August, Cedar House Investments invited comments from News Telegraph readers over whether they thought the footpath was right for the town and, although the developer received letters suggesting the money the firm had set aside for the project would be better spent elsewhere, nearly all our readers strongly supported its construction.
The developers say they will now wait until they receive the construction approval before pressing on with the work.
The spokesman added: “We’ll have to see what the county council come at us with and see what is in the detail so we can make sure everyone will be happy with it.”*