Fed-up res­i­dents ‘fill in dan­ger pot­holes’

Rossendale Free Press - - News - CHRIS GEE chris.gee@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @RossFreePress

FED up res­i­dents are tak­ing it upon them­selves to ar­range pothole re­pairs, a coun­cil­lor has claimed.

Rams­bot­tom coun­cil­lor Rob Hod­kin­son claimed road re­pairs to ‘dan­ger­ous pot­holes’ have been car­ried out on Nut­tall Lane - be­fore Bury coun­cil got round to car­ry­ing out re­me­dial works.

Coun Hod­kin­son said the coun­cil had promised to un­der­take re­pairs around the week of March 19 but this never ma­te­ri­alised. Roads bosses said their re­pairs on Nut­tall Lane were due to be car­ried out this week.

Coun Hod­kin­son said he in­spected the road in March and the road was ‘a com­plete mess’.

He said: “Nut­tall Lane is the only ac­cess road for around 1,000 homes on the Whit­ting­ham Drive and St An­drews es­tates.

“Large crater-like pot­holes have been re­ported nu­mer­ous times over the last few weeks. One of the largest ar­eas of concern raised to me by res­i­dents is dam­age to ve­hi­cles caused by th­ese pot­holes.

“In my view, that is sim­ply un­ac­cept­able. It ap­pears that now, a lo­cal res­i­dent, or res­i­dents, have ac­tu­ally gone ahead and filled in some of the worst pot­holes them­selves over the last week­end as they are sim­ply fed up of the coun­cil’s delays.”

He added: “We can­not have a sit­u­a­tion where res­i­dents are so an­gry about the state of the roads that they are hav­ing to re­sort to fill­ing them in them­selves.

“The coun­cil should en­sure that re­ports of pot­holes from res­i­dents are ac­tioned at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity to mit­i­gate the dan­ger they pose to pedes­tri­ans, cy­clists and mo­torists.

“Far too of­ten, pot­holes and is­sues on the high­way are re­ported by our­selves as coun­cil­lors and res­i­dents too, and noth­ing hap­pens. Weeks and months can go by with­out re­pair. There should also be bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion with res­i­dents about pothole fill­ing and main­tain­ing roads.”

A spokesman for Bury Coun­cil said: “The good news is that Nut­tall Lane is sched­uled to be re­paired this week (week be­gin­ning April 9).

“The coun­cil is spend­ing an ex­tra £10 mil­lion on car­ry­ing out a num­ber of ma­jor road re­pair schemes, the first two of which, in Rams­bot­tom and Tot­ting­ton, have al­ready started.

“The coun­cil has also brought for­ward £250,000 to spend on pot­holes this year, on top of the planned £500,000, and has in­vested in new ma­chin­ery which will al­low more high­ways re­pairs than be­fore to be car­ried out.”

●● Rams­bot­tom coun­cil­lor, Rob Hod­kin­son in­spect­ing Nut­tall Lane with Jamie Hoyle on March 10 and the road on March 25 with some holes seem­ingly filled in – and not by the coun­cil

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