SHROPSHIRE Council is investing nearly £1m in a “makeover” of its Craven Arms highways depot.

The council confirmed this week that work on revamping the depot was already underway, with the sum financed through corporate resources.

Claire Wild, cabinet member for highways and transport, said the investment of around £900k in Craven Arms was part of a wider programme of work to improve the “efficiency and operation” of the council’s depots – with work at Whittington and Hodnet depots completed and the refurbishment of Bridgnorth depot also underway.

Redevelopment at Craven Arms depot includes improved working areas and storage of gritters and materials and opportunities for closer and integrated working between Ringway – the council’s highways and environmental contractor – and the council’s highways staff.

The Craven Arms Household Recycling Centre is on a different site to the highways depot and the work will not disrupt its operation.

The two councillors representing Craven Arms have welcomed the work.

Councillor Lee Chapman said: “I am pleased to see this investment which will improve the service for local residents and visitors, and create savings in the long term."

Councillor David Evans added: “This work is welcomed, to enhance the depot and the way we work to maintain the highways.”