Traders’ road rage at ‘shoddy’ repairs

Joseph Jefferson, is unhappy with resurfacing work in St Annes.
Joseph Jefferson, is unhappy with resurfacing work in St Annes.
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BUSINESS owners today slammed new roadworks a “waste of money” after the surface remained a tripping hazard for pedestrians.

Bosses at Vogue nightclub have campaigned for years for repairs on Back West Crescent, St Annes, following reports of people falling due to the uneven road surface.

But after Lancashire County Council’s highways department finally carried out repairs, business owners on the street are outraged by the “shoddy job”.

Joseph Jefferson, owner of Minters Car Wash, said: “It’s diabolical. It was still wet the morning after.

“When a car goes over, it churns up the surface.

“It’s uneven and it’s sinking.

“It’s a waste of money.”

Vicky Mancini, partner at Vogue, said girls going to the nightclub complained of difficulties walking down the street in high heels.

She added: “The cobbles have been an absolute nightmare. It’s disgusting, we’ve been losing customers for fun. Now they’ve come to repair it, it’s an absolute joke. It just looks like they’ve painted the cobbles.

“It’s a health hazard, girls can still not walk on it.”

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And Guy Pople, owner of Dark Halo Music on Back West Crescent, said: “It’s a shoddy job.

“It’s disgraceful. It looks like they slopped poor quality asphalt all over.”

County Hall said workmen carried out a temporary repair to make the road safer and a full reconstruction will be undertaken in future months.

Andy Ashcroft, highways manager for Fylde, said: “We’ve carried out these repairs in response to complaints from Vogue nightclub that the unevenness of the surface was causing a risk to customers of tripping.

“We’re sorry we weren’t able to give businesses prior notice but took the decision to do the work during one of the only dry-weather windows we’ve had in recent weeks.

“The nature of the repair means the surface will take a short while to bed-in.

“The setting was not helped by wet weather during the night and we will be returning to tidy it up.”

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