Councillor Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Inward Investment, Regeneration and Planning said:

“Due to the unseasonal amount of rainfall experienced over the last few days (average month rainfall in a day and a half) the work to lay the final surface material at Osmaston Road and Ascot Drive will be delayed.

The job was on schedule to be completed this week but the prolonged rain in recent days has been at such a level that it has prevented the final surface material from being laid.

Although more rain is forecast for the next few days, it is expected that this will be light rain and short showers, and should allow the surface to be laid.

Work is scheduled to continue today with the surfacing of Osmaston Road, and is expected to be completed on Thursday.  Work on Friday and Saturday will then concentrate on Ascot Drive.

Ascot Drive is expected to reopen on Sunday or Monday, with the new permanent traffic signals also due for completion.

The delay is frustrating for everyone, but we cannot control the weather and particularly when the level of rain is so intense for a prolonged period.  Whilst the work is still on track to be completed ahead of the original estimated delivery timescale, Officers have been working hard to ensure that everything that can be done to speed up the work is being done. I would like to thank them for their efforts”.