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Temporary Road Closure & Footpath Diversion


As part of the Our City Our River flood defence project, we are carrying out construction work in various locations including the Duke Street area.


Over the next few weeks we will need to alternate the closure and opening of both Duke St and Sowter Rd to vehicles. These routes will still be open to pedestrians. Road Closure and Diversion signs will be in place during this time.


Duke Street -CLOSED -Friday 13th October – Wednesday 25th October 2017

Duke Street– OPEN – From  Wednesday 25th October 2017 onwards


Sowter Road – CLOSED Wednesday 25th October for approximately 6 weeks

Sowter Road - OPEN Friday 13th October – Wednesday 25th October 2017 



St Mary's Walk

On Monday 18th September 2017 St Mary’s Walk from Darley Lane down to Duke Street will close to pedestrians for approximately 12 weeks.

Diversion signs will be in place during this time. 


We are working in partnership with our contractor, GBV Ltd who are carrying out the construction works. They have a construction management plan in place and this covers issues such as noise mitigation, hours of work and traffic management requirements for construction vehicles.


If you would like to speak to someone about the work, please contact Peter Richardson, Site Agent at the City Road project compound on 07484 036691.


For more information about the  Our City Our River project:





Location of Sowter Road Closure

Map  to show areas where road closure takes place in sowter Road.



Diversion Routes for Duke Street Closure

Duke Street residents leaflet regarding road closure

 Map showing route of Sowter road diversion when closed





Darley Playing Fields

New sports facilities are to be constructed to replace those lost due to the OCOR flood defence works. A planning application has been submitted and we are awaiting approval.
The site area is within the Derwent Valley World Heritage site, Chester Green Conservation area and mainly within the Little Chester Roman Scheduled monument. The proposals and detailed levels of excavation have been developed in conjunction with Heritage England and Derby City Council Conservation officers. Depths of excavation have been provisionally agreed and the nature of archaeological monitoring established. This is subject to Scheduled Monument Consent approval.

  • Football pitches – the layout of the 12 pitches has been re-organised to facilitate the new flood defences.
  • Tennis courts – 4 new courts are to be constructed adjacent to the football pitches. These will be surfaced in macadam, have 3m high perimeter fencing and access from the main path.
  • 3G artificial surfaced court – Consultation with local sports clubs has shown demand for this type of facility for football practice. The court will be adjacent to the new car park on the ‘dry’ side of the new flood defences. It will have an artificial grass surface with sand and rubber crumb infill, a 4.5m and 3m high perimeter fence and floodlighting.
  • Informal sports area - To compliment the formal sports courts an informal sports area is to be sited adjacent to the 3G court. This will be permanently open to the public and provide a sports wall with goal and basketball hoop, a selection of outdoor gym equipment and seating.

Parkers Piece

  • Cricket Practice Nets – New nets are to be erected at Parker Piece.
  • Artificial cricket wicket – to be installed.
  • Drainage – to be installed across the field.

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Contact me: Philip Margett, email:

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