£138K village road link plans welcomed

County Coun Paul Stradling at the site of the proposed link road
County Coun Paul Stradling at the site of the proposed link road
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COUNCILLORS have welcomed plans to build a £138,000 road to link up two areas of a village.

The new road would join up Kilburn Drive, on Horden’s Sea View Industrial Estate, with Blackhills Road and the rest of the village.

Another section of planned road nearby could also link Blackhills Road with a proposed new rail halt for East Durham.

County councillors Paul Stradling and Dennis Maddison, who represent the village, have welcomed the plans, saying it would ease congestion on the A1086 and provide a boost to the industrial estate.

Both councillors have between them ploughed £38,000 of their neighbourhood budget into the scheme, with the rest funded by the county council.

Coun Stradling said: “It will take a lot of traffic off the A1086 and would also be a bonus for the proposed station development.

“It would hopefully also open up Horden to potential investors and provide an influx of traffic to the industrial estate.

Adrian White, the council’s head of transport, said: “We have already consulted with residents who would be directly affected and a wide range of organisations and are now preparing to apply for planning permission.

“If the scheme is approved, construction would begin in December with work expected to be completed by the end of February 2013.”