Asphalt in her­itage ar­eas ‘tem­po­rary’

Rossendale Free Press - - News -

ROADS bosses in­sist asphalt re­pairs on stone paving in ar­eas of her­itage im­por­tance will only be tem­po­rary.

Peter Wood, of Friends of Rawten­stall, com­plained af­ter spot­ting patch­ing work re­pairs on roads around Rawten­stall, in­clud­ing Longholme Road. The street is within a con­ser­va­tion area.

Mr Wood asked: “Why has Lan­cashire County Coun­cil al­lowed the orig­i­nal stone paving which was funded by EEC to be re­placed with tar­mac, and what are Rawten­stall’s county coun­cil­lors do­ing to have the stone paving prop­erly re­in­stated as it should be?” He added that walk­ers should also watch out for a num­ber of ‘trip haz­ards’ on the pave­ment.

A spokesman for Lan­cashire County Coun­cil said: “Where stone paving is within a con­ser­va­tion area we some­times have to make a tem­po­rary re­pair for safety, how­ever will re­turn at a later date to make the re­pair us­ing ma­te­ri­als in keep­ing with the her­itage of the area.

“How­ever, we have to pri­ori­tise our use of lim­ited re­sources which means that we do not re­place stone paving like for like in lo­ca­tions which are not within a con­ser­va­tion area.”

●● Peter Wood took this pic­ture of patched-up stone paving on Longholme Road in Rawten­stall

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