Facelift for shopping parade at Aston

The Rosegarth shopping parade has been given some TLC thanks to Rotherham Council’s Towns and Villages Fund.
Cllrs Robert Taylor, Sarah Allen and Lyndsay PitchleyCllrs Robert Taylor, Sarah Allen and Lyndsay Pitchley
Cllrs Robert Taylor, Sarah Allen and Lyndsay Pitchley

New steps and ramp access has been added, as well as paving, parking bays and new lighting to improve safety.

A crossing point has been added to link to the nearby parish hall.

Donna Duke, owner of Headquarters hairdressers, said: “The area looks fantastic, everything we have asked for has been done and we couldn’t be happier.

“Before the work, the area outside the shop was unsightly, but now I feel really proud when I walk up to work.

“Access to the shop wasn’t ideal, so sorting these issues with a ramp and new handrails have been a godsend and have made a real difference, especially to our elderly customers.”

Cllr Sarah Allen, deputy leader and cabinet member for neighbourhood working, said the fund was helping to improve the look and feel of locations in every RMBC ward.

Consultation was carried out before work began, led by Aughton & Swallownest ward members Cllrs Robert Taylor and Lyndsay Pitchley, who asked residents and businesses what improvements they would like to see within the area.

Cllr Taylor said: “Local businesses were particularly worried about anti-social behaviour, which is why we upgraded street lighting.”

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