Traffic restrictions at Hornsbridge Island in Chesterfield have been lifted four weeks earlier than anticipated.
Chesterfield Borough Council asked the contractor, NT Killingley, to carry out the work to a revised schedule which has allowed the restrictions to be lifted earlier than planned.
Councillor John Burrows, Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader and executive member for regeneration, said: “I’d like to thank NT Killingley for working extra hours and working at the weekends to allow the work in preparing Hornsbridge Island for the sculpture to be carried out quickly.
“This has meant that the restrictions were able to be lifted after four weeks. Although essential for the safety of workers, I am aware that the traffic management has caused delays for motorists entering and leaving Chesterfield and I, like they, am pleased they are able to be lifted.”
Materials have been delivered to site and staff are now working on the centre of the site, within the secure compound area, which means they can work safely without the need for further traffic restrictions.
It is anticipated that the sculpture will be delivered to the site over the weekend of 30/31 August. It is hoped that this can be carried out without the need for more traffic restrictions, though this will depend on the advice of Derbyshire County Council as the authority responsible for highways.
The sculpture, by local artist Melanie Jackson, is called Growth features a wheel, or cog, integrated into the landscape showing the borough’s industrial heritage with an opening bud or flower rising out of the centre.
The design was chosen by residents and members of the Chesterfield Champions business community in a consultation last year.
The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and by Barratt Homes. The funding can only be used to make environmental improvements to install public art at key sites and entry points to the town centre and cannot be used to fund any other council service.