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Ashbourne by-pass investigation work to begin

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Derbyshire County Council has approved investigation work to be carried out into the possibility of a new Ashbourne by-pass.

The cabinet today gave the go-ahead for the project for the historic market town to be revived.

Evidence into the feasibility of a by-pass will now be collected and local businesses and other stakeholders will be consulted.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:

"There is no doubt that Ashbourne and surrounding areas would benefit greatly from a bypass. The town is a major visitor attraction and a gateway to the Peak District National Park. A key issue is that the A515 carries a substantial amount of traffic, including large numbers of lorries carrying minerals from some of the county’s major quarries. Put simply, the road network within and around the town is not suited to today’s traffic.”

– Councillor Simon Spencer.

This initial work will form the basis of a report outlining the next steps for a by-pass to be considered later this year.


£20,000 of lead stolen from Derbyshire church

Police are appealing for information after £20,000 worth of lead was stolen from a church in Derbyshire.

Police say half the lead was taken from the building Credit: Google Street View

Officers say thieves climbed onto the roof of Bradley All Saints Church in Bradley, near Ashbourne, and took half the lead from the building.

The thieves are thought to have struck between 5.15pm yesterday (Tuesday 28 April), and 8.30am today.

Police want to hear from anybody with information, or who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area.


Tow rope too short says crash investigator at hang glider inquest

The inquest that is looking into the death of a woman who died during a hang gliding flight, has heard that the tow rope connecting Lois Preston's hang glider to the microlight used to get her airborne was one metre shorter than the specified minimum length of 70m.

It also heard, Lois was slightly too light for the weight prescribed for this model of glider. However, the Air Crash Investigator said it probably wouldn't have made a difference to the accident, just slightly more difficult for her to handle.

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