Shops chiefs’ £315,000 roads pledge

THOUSANDS of pounds worth of improvements to a town centre’s road network are on the way.

Salford Estates, the owners of the Castle Dene Shopping Centre, in Peterlee, will invest £315,000 in improvements to the roads around the town centre over the next few weeks.

The works will see the car park near the Wilkinson store resurfaced and its entrance widened.

The road leading to Asda’s lower car park will also be resurfaced.

Re-surfacing work is expected to start in the next two weeks.

Salford Estates bought the centre in 2010 and has continually pledged to make the funds available that are needed to lift the centre after what they describe as years of under-investment by previous owners.

The news comes as the company bids to build a new supermarket in the town centre.

Spokeswoman Debbie Illingworth said: “We hope the new work will make our customers’ experience of the centre more enjoyable.

“This is further evidence of us backing our commitment to really invest in the centre of Peterlee and make it a better centre for everyone.”

Salford Estates say in submitting plans for their new food store, they hope to bring trade and other retailers back into Peterlee town centre.

The plans, if given the go ahead, would also include the replacement of Peterlee Health Centre, in Bede Way, with a state-of-the art facility, as well as a new Peterlee Youth Centre.

Salford Estates is one of three companies competing for permission from the council to build a new supermarket in Peterlee.

The others are North Blunts, which wants to build a Morrisons supermarket on the site of the former North Blunts Primary School, in Burnhope Way.

The scheme also involves plans for housing and new sports facilities.

Tesco also wants to build a new store on the site of the former East Durham College, also in Burnhope Way.

All three developments are likely to be determined by Durham County Council in June, along with proposals for an extension at Dalton Park, at Murton.