Blackpool’s roads ‘worst in Britain’

Blackpool Council's emergency response team working on potholes in All Hallows Road, Bispham

Blackpool Council's emergency response team working on potholes in All Hallows Road, Bispham

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TOWN hall bosses have hit out at a survey which has labelled Blackpool’s pot hole nightmare the worst in Britain.

Motoring group the AA said its report was carried out by 1,912 of their members nationally this autumn who recorded the frequency of 12 categories of street blight within two miles of their homes.

These covered potholes, road repairs, damaged kerbs, inspection covers, road works, uneven payments, blocked drains, badly parked vehicles, litter, dog mess, bad signs and worn road markings.

And after looking at their findings, the group named and shamed the Fylde coast, including Blackpool, as having the worst streets in the country.

But Blackpool Council has slammed the survey as inaccurate saying only two people responded from Wyre and Fylde respectively and three from Blackpool.

Helen France, executive director of regeneration at the authority, said: “There’s no doubt road conditions all over the country have deteriorated with the recent cold weather and Blackpool is no different, but to say we have the worst roads in the country based on the opinions of three people is just ridiculous. For the survey to have any credibility they should have based it on actual facts which would enable different areas to be compared fairly rather than by opinions.

“We carry out extensive surveys ourselves and we are fully aware of the condition of our roads and what we need to do to address it.

“We have a £30m project planned that will see up to 40 miles of carriageway replaced over the next four years. Funding for the scheme will come from borrowing, with the Council able to pay back the loan from future highways funding allocations.

“Residents and visitors can be assured the condition of roads and cleanliness of neighbourhoods is a key priority for the council.”

The survey showed London streets had the fewest potholes and patches while the worst areas were Kilmarnock in Scotland, the Fylde coast and Telford in Shropshire.