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'Everyone has forgotten Rugeley exists,' claims councillors

By Kerry Ashdown | Rugeley | News | Published:

“It seems to me as though everyone has forgotten Rugeley exists.”

Councillor Alan Dudson in front of the damaged roundabout at Horse Fair in Rugeley

A Rugeley councillor has said he believes the town is being forgotten, after calling for a busy roundabout to be repaired a year after it was damaged.

A car mounted the island at Horse Fair in the town centre several months ago, adding to the damage.

Councillor Alan Dudson has said he is “sick and tired of asking about getting something done”.

He has called for a response from a senior cabinet member and Amey, which carries out highway maintenance work on behalf of the authority.

He said: “When are Amey coming? It happened 10 or 11 months ago.

“The county council’s highways department has been trying to chase up Amey to repair not only the roundabout but Horse Fair.

"I’m absolutely disgusted that it is taking this long for what is an insurance job and no cost to the taxpayer.

“I want to know from Councillor Helen Fisher (Cabinet member for highways) and Amey bosses when we might get these anomalies repaired – after all we pay some of the highest tax in Cannock Chase District. People have been chasing it and at the town council it’s a regular thing.

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“No matter where you go you hit a brick wall – it isn’t good enough for the residents of Rugeley. I’m sick of asking about it and trying to get something done.”

Helen Fisher, cabinet member for highways and transport at Staffordshire County Council, said the work will be carried out "as soon as possible".

She said: “Works have been identified at both St Paul’s Road and the Miners island at Horse Fair which include repairs to the road and to the block paving.

“These are fairly busy roundabouts and highways teams are now considering the best way of getting the repairs done with the minimum disruption to motorists.

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“Once a suitable solution is found the work will be scheduled in and carried out as soon as possible.”

The new comes after a new campaign group, Power for All, was launched by members of the community looking to preserve and develop the area for the benefit of both residents and tourists.

The group was formed after meetings were held about major plans to redevelop Rugeley Power Station.

Kerry Ashdown

By Kerry Ashdown
@KerryAshdownLDR

Local Democracy Reporter covering Staffordshire.

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