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Road repair a ‘drop in the ocean’

Residents on Patterdale Avenue, Fleetwood, have complained about the state of footpaths.

Residents on Patterdale Avenue, Fleetwood, have complained about the state of footpaths.

A “nightmare” road that some Fleetwood residents claim is unsafe to walk along is to be repaired thanks to a £62,000 council project.

The pavements and footpaths along Patterdale Avenue will be resurfaced using the cash, being provided by Lancashire County Council, following a string of complaints over their condition.

But town councillor Jack Harrison said the plans are a “drop in the ocean” and warned several other roads need attention if they are to be made safe.

He added: “I’m always glad to hear of pavement areas being looked at but I would be happier if the money was split more evenly between the Chatsworth and Larkholme areas.

“This is only scraping the surface – there really are some nightmare roads in Fleetwood.

“It’s not the sort of issue you can look at once and that’s it.”

The county council said the project, due to start on September 1, will improve the look of the area as well as making it safer for pedestrians.

The investment follows concerns raised by county councillor for Fleetwood West Lorraine Beavers, who said the footpaths were unsafe.

It came after residents complained it was safer to walk along the road than the pavements.

She said: “Residents had mentioned that the footpaths were uneven. This was a concern for people, particularly those with mobility problems.

“We needed to do something to make it safer and these improvements will really make a difference to Patterdale Avenue and the people who live there.”

Coun Harrison, who represents Rossall, said the repair work was welcome but urged County Hall chiefs to make sure the job is done to as high a standard as possible.

He added: “They don’t repair the roads as well as they used to.

“And on Kirkstone Avenue, for example, they resurfaced the pavements and then made the kerbs twice as high as they used to be.”

He said the difference had a major impact on disabled people, as well as those with pushchairs.

Coun Harrison, who uses a wheelchair himself, said he was still hopeful of setting up a meeting with county council officers over developing disabled-friendly routes into the town centre, using roads that are maintained in a way that is suitable for wheelchair users and the blind.

Work on Patterdale Avenue is expected to last around six weeks.

Coun Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “This is a small-scale project, but it will make a significant difference to local people.

“The streets are an important part of any community and Patterdale Avenue is in particular need of some

attention.”

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