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