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ALMOST £1 million pounds is to be spent by Sheffield Council on road improvements and safety schemes.

Each of the city’s seven community assembly areas are set to receive £131,000 for local projects.

Central, South and North East assemblies are holding public meetings tomorrow when their highways budgets will be discussed by councillors and the public.

South Community Assembly has already committed spending £73,000 to carrying out four schemes, funded by surplus cash from last year.

A ban on lorries on Bocking Lane, between Beauchief and Greenhill, which involves new signs and lines, will cost £40,000 to implement, and a further lorry ban on Abbey Lane will cost of £30,000.

Other projects which the assembly has already committed to involve moving flashing signs which warn motorists of their speed, and feasibility work into improving pedestrian crossing facilities on Blackstock Road, Gleadless Valley.

Larger schemes competing for some of this year’s funding, which have already had public consultation, are road safety improvements on Blackstock Road, Psalter Lane and Carterknowle Road.

Other work previously approved but still awaiting public consultation includes changes to Hemper Lane roundabout, Greenhill, pedestrian crossings on Greenhill Parkway and improvements to Dyche Lane, at Batemoor.

The assembly has received requests for funding for 14 more projects costing more than £10,000 - including better pedestrian crossings and 20mph speed limits.

Dozens of smaller schemes have been requested.

Central Assembly, covering the area from the city centre to Hillsborough, is spending £91,000 on large schemes - with approved projects including 20mph speed limits on Winn Gardens, the Hanover Estate, Taptonville, and Crookesmoor.

Other large projects involve changes to traffic lights in Broomhill and traffic management in Walkley.

Central Assembly, which meets at Quaker Meeting House, from 6pm, plans to spend £40,000 on small projects.

South Assembly meets at St Peter’s Common Ground, Machon Bank, Nether Edge, at 6.30pm. North East Assembly meets at 6pm at Flower Estate Community Association, Bracken Road.