THE first steps have been taken to pave the way for a new cadet centre in Daventry.
Contractors working for Daventry District Council (DDC) are removing a number of conifer and leylandii trees to create a route for a road to the site of the proposed new centre off Welton Road.
Under the proposals the cadets will move to new purpose-built premises from their current base in Waterloo Road.
This will make way for a retail development to the west of the town centre, known as ‘Site 5’ in DDC’s town centre vision.
The proposed cadet centre currently has outline planning permission and the final details of the scheme are due to be submitted to planners early next year, with construction due to begin in late 2012.
Although the new access road is not likely to be built until the spring, the tree-felling needs to take place in the winter to avoid the bird nesting season.
The clearance work began on Monday this week (December 19) and is expected to take up to four weeks.
During that period the closure of the entrance to Daventry cemetery may be required for a few hours.
DDC said that once built, the new access road to the proposed cadet centre will be lined with new trees and more will be planted in the grounds of the premises as part of landscaping works.