A TONNE of Tarmac over-ordered for the resurfacing of long-running works on Wakefield Road will be recycled for other highways so it doesn't go to waste.

The extra resurfacing material had been returned to the council's Smithies depot because it was deemed 'surplus to requirements'.

Cllr Roy Miller, cabinet spokesman, said: "This will be recycled for use in other highways schemes in the future.

"It's not uncommon where exact carriageway dimensions have yet to be determined due to varying ground conditions for a surplus of materials to be ordered.

"This approach means the reconstruction and resurfacing of a road can take place as quickly as possible to minimise delays for road users."

He said all the materials used in this scheme are within the required specification and the 'resulting performance of the finished road will be as expected'.

The resurfacing works are now in their third week and expected to last until November.

For the time being, all traffic inbound for the town centre is being diverted through Monk Bretton and Smithies, and only outbound traffic is allowed access to Wakefield Road.

The works have been heavily criticised by businesses on Wakefield Road because one side of the main road into the town centre has been shut off to traffic - leaving it deserted.