IT is likely to be the New Year before the long drawn out work on Tenbury Town Centre is completed.

There will also be some overnight road closures in the town next week.

But additional resources are being put in to get the bulk of the job completed by the end of November.

Traders are promised that there will be no disruption during the vital weeks in the run-up to Christmas.

But this will involve some overnight road closures.

“The public realm work has continued at a good pace over the last month and the general response seems to be very positive,” said Ken Pollock, who represents Tenbury on Worcestershire County Council.

“A third crew from Ringway has been deployed, in an attempt to make up for time lost, after the late arrival of the second crew.

“This has resulted in some disruption to traffic, and the need for traffic management using stop go boards. While I have heard of difficult periods, in general the delays experienced seem to have been small.”

Ken Pollock promised that an end is in sight.

“The work is on schedule to finish before the end of the month, with four night closures scheduled for Monday, November 27 onwards for the carriageway works, such as laying new tarmac on Teme Street and relaying the raised tables using proper red coloured tarmac as originally specified.”

All being well the closures will be between 9pm and 6pm causing minimum disruption.

“Therefore, it is clear that the Teme Street work will be complete before the Santa Parade, scheduled for Saturday, December 2,” added Ken Pollock.

“It is hoped that the disruption to trade in the run-up to the night closures will be as small as possible, given the inevitable problems of access.

Ken Pollock said that there may just be a little bit of the project to be completed at the beginning of 2018.