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L-R: Cllr Chris Whitehouse, Sean Wyse from Island Roads and Cllr John Hobart

Work by Island Roads to resurface 2 footpaths in Newport that have previously been described as ‘swamps’ is to get underway during the February half term.

The footpaths, which are used by hundreds of school pupils each day, will be upgraded in a project starting on 18th February. To reduce the disruption the work has been scheduled to begin during the half term period with a full closure remaining in place until 1st March.

The footpaths N58 & N60 are used by pupils attending Carisbrooke, St Thomas of Canterbury and Newport primary schools, as well as Carisbrooke and Christ the King Colleges.

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Speaking today, Councillor Chris Whitehouse (Conservative, Newport West Ward), says:

“For years, I’ve campaigned to get our local footpaths improved. This time of year they’re a complete swamp, ruining the shoes of hundreds of children and their parents on the way to and from our local schools. So, finally to get the go-ahead for this work is really good news.

“Parents and teachers alike will be pleased that mud-caked shoes are less common in future as will local dog walkers and those just out for a stroll.”

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