Local car parks receive a ‘make-over’

Tuesday, 8th May 2018

A NUMBER of informal car parks and local spaces in Tamworth have been resurfaced free of charge thanks to a donation of more than 600 tonnes of road planings.

Highways maintenance service provider, Kier Services, provided the planings, also known as scalpings, to Tamworth Borough Council and is expected to donate more in the future.

Road scalpings are created when the top layer is shaved off roads as part of repair/replacement. They provide a useful recyclable product that can be used to surface areas such as informal car parks, farm lanes and industrial yards.

In Tamworth, the planings have so far been used to resurface car parking areas at Belgrave dance studios off Birds Bush Road, Moor Lane at Anker Valley and Ninefoot Lane. All will receive a top up once the initial layer of planings have bedded in.

Tamworth Borough Council hopes to receive further deliveries of planings when Kier Services are working on roads in the area so that additional local spaces can be resurfaced.

Sarah McGrandle, Head of Environmental Management for Tamworth Borough Council, said: “Although Staffordshire County Council is responsible for the town’s roads and highways, we do own various pieces of land around the borough, such as some car parks, which need to be maintained. This free donation from Kier Services represents a great saving to the Council and means the planings can be recycled and put to a good use improving the environment with Tamworth.”