Neighbours flag up footpath dispute

Residents on Blackpool Road North at St Annes are angry at the mess of the footpath caused by the council
Residents on Blackpool Road North at St Annes are angry at the mess of the footpath caused by the council
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Pavement repairs have left residents fuming on the Fylde after they said trees were damaged and the path left a mess.

Householders near Queensway, St Annes, are angry over work being done to the path on Blackpool Road North which they say is not up to scratch.

These flags have been down here for around 50 years. They simply needed levelling as some have sunk, which is only to be expected after all that time.

Diane Blundell

They say the existing concrete paving stones have been smashed up when they only needed re-laying and the surface has been replaced by asphalt which has not been laid straight.

But Lancashire County Council said the work had yet to be finished and tidying up would take place at the end.

Diane Blundell, of Blackpool Road North, said: “These flags have been down here for around 50 years. They simply needed levelling as some have sunk, which is only to be expected after all that time.

“But the workers have come along and dug them all up and dumped them in a truck.

“The other week someone from the council had come and levelled a couple of the flags and filled some gaps with asphalt.

“So we don’t understand why they have now done this.

“The workmen have damaged trees along the route and have made a mess of the verge because the machinery they used was too big. The work they have done so far is not even straight.”

Neighbour Pamela Houghton said: “After they had finished I went to look at what they had done and neighbour after neighbour came out to complain.

“The flags did not need taking up.

“They just needed relaying, it is such a waste. The path they have laid is not straight and does not match up.

“They have also damaged the trees and the verge. many people round here look after the verges, mowing them and even planting flowers.

“This is such as mess.”

Paul Dunne, Lancashire County Council highways manager, said the flags had to be replaced and asphalt was a cheaper option. He said: “We’re only part-way through this resurfacing work, with another layer to be put down, and further work to ensure a tidy finish, before the job is complete.

“The footway is being replaced with a surface which is often better in areas where trees are present as tree roots can displace flagged surfaces over time, becoming unsafe and requiring ongoing maintenance.

“There was a need to prune the trees to allow access for the machinery.

“We appreciate how much people value flagged surfaces in the places that still have them, but our priority has to be first and foremost to provide a safe surface, and the county council’s very difficult financial situation means we have to save money where we reasonably can.”