‘We’ve been left out’ say res­i­dents in road dis­pute

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AGROUP of res­i­dents are up in arms af­ter claim­ing their ‘hor­ren­dous’ street was over­looked for vi­tal resur­fac­ing works.

Home­own­ers liv­ing on Hurst Cres­cent in Rawten­stall say their pot­hole-rid­den road and pave­ments an ‘ab­so­lute dis­grace’ and ac­cused the high­ways author­ity of fail­ing to take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion.

They also claim ‘salt has been rubbed in the wound’ af­ter ad­join­ing Hurst Lane was resur­faced when it ‘wasn’t nearly as bad’.

Res­i­dents have handed a pe­ti­tion to Lan­cashire County Coun­cil call­ing for a full resur­fac­ing of their road and ar­gue that they are ‘throw­ing money away’ try­ing to patch it up.

Roland Holt, 68, who has lived on the road for nearly 43 years, said: “We have been try­ing to get it sorted for about two years but it’s got worse and worse.

“They have resur­faced Hurst Lane right up to the top but there’s only about half a dozen peo­ple who live on there. They ig­nored us com­pletely. They could’ve sorted this road in a cou­ple of days. They send peo­ple to patch up the pot­holes but it only lasts for a few months and then we are back to square one. It’s a well used road, par­tic­u­larly at school time. There are al­ways lots of par­ents who use the road to drop and pick their kids up.”

Mar­garet Town­ley, who has lived on the road with her hus­band Jerry for 40 years, said: “It’s an ab­so­lute dis­grace. I try and wheel my grand­son up the road but I have to go from one side to the other to dodge all the pot­holes.

“There are older peo­ple liv­ing on the road in­clud­ing a 99-year-old and he can’t get out. Quite a few older peo­ple dare not go out.”

Jerry added: “The pave­ments are just as bad as the road. Peo­ple can’t get out and about. (The coun­cil) have been up umpteen times re­pair­ing it but as soon as the frost comes it’s gone.”

Martin Wil­liams, who has lived on the road nearly four years, said: “It re­ally in­censed me this year when they resur­faced Hurst Lane.

“The con­di­tion of that lane wasn’t nearly as bad and it wasn’t full of pot­holes. There are a lot of el­derly peo­ple who strug­gle walk­ing up and down the road.”

Lan­cashire County Coun­cil dis­puted res­i­dents claims and said that Hurst Lane was in ‘sig­nif­i­cantly worse con­di­tion than Hurst Cres­cent’.

Of­fi­cers said the road is con­sid­ered an ‘ur­ban clas­si­fi­ca­tion road’ and will come un­der a re­pair scheme from 2018/19.

A spokesper­son said: “Our ap­proach to main­tain­ing roads is fo­cused on us­ing the right type of treat­ment at the right time to en­sure they stay in bet­ter over­all con­di­tion over the long term, and means we don’t al­ways re­pair the worst dam­age first.

“At the same time, the data used to in­form the re­cent resur­fac­ing to Hurst Lane showed it be­ing in sig­nif­i­cantly worse con­di­tion than Hurst Cres­cent.

“We’re cur­rently in the third year of a 15-year strat­egy to im­prove our roads, which works by fo­cus­ing in­vest­ment on par­tic­u­lar parts of the net­work dur­ing each of three five-year phases. While the fo­cus of the cur­rent phase is on im­prov­ing A,B and C roads and pave­ments, the next phase be­gin­ning in 2018/19 will place more em­pha­sis on im­prov­ing res­i­den­tial roads. We will con­tinue to carry out mi­nor re­pairs wher­ever needed to en­sure safety.” ● Res­i­dents Roland Holt and Jerry and Mar­garet Town­ley (in­set) have hit out about the pot­hole and pave­ment prob­lems on Hurst Cres­cent

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