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Helen Fisher (right) with residents during the phase one Better Barton works.

Village improvements scheme progresses to next phase

A scheme to improve traffic flow, safety and the attractiveness of an East Staffordshire village moved to its next phase this week.

The £450,000 Better Barton scheme has been drawn up by Barton-under-Needwood Parish Council and the county council. It is being delivered in three phases and will commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1.

Phase two of the project began yesterday and includes the installation of new kerbs, paving and road resurfacing in the area around St James’s Square.

The project will also see new timber bollards installed along the length of Main Street within the square, a reduction in road width and raised surfaces to reduce traffic speed, new street lights, plant boxes and benches.

Phase one saw a new mini island created, the road layout altered, footpaths widened and new signs installed.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said:

The Better Barton project was drawn up with the parish council and the community input has been invaluable in ensuring this is the right scheme for the village.

We are pleased with the way scheme has turned out. It will not only help improve road safety and traffic flow but will also improve the gateway into the village.

Barton-under-Needwood is a busy village and the improvements being made will all help to provide a more welcoming visitor experience and help to reduce congestion.  It’s a great example of what can be achieved when local communities and other partners come together.”