Call for action on crumbling roads

Lytham councillors Kathleen Harper and Ken Hopwood with the potholes on Warton Street
Lytham councillors Kathleen Harper and Ken Hopwood with the potholes on Warton Street
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POTHOLES and crumbling road surfaces have been highlighted by angry residents calling for action on the state of Fylde’s roads.

Local councillors are becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of work taking place on key commuter roads and bus routes, many of which are badly damaged following two harsh winters.

Coun Ken Hopwood, who represents Lytham’s Clifton ward, said: “Anyone who travels the roads of Lancashire will realise many of the roads are in a terrible condition.

“Weather conditions have caused potholes to develop and in some cases roads are suffering from subsidence. Some of the roads in Lytham and the wider areas of Fylde are as bad as any in Lancashire, if not worse.”

The condition of roads including Warton Street, Freckleton Street, Mythop Road, Saltcotes Road and Lytham’s high street, Clifton Street, have been slammed by Coun Hopwood and his fellow Coun Kath Harper, who represents the St John’s ward of Lytham.

Coun Harper said: “Nearly everybody is complaining about the state of the roads.

“What’s happening is Lancashire County Council tell people to ring in to the town hall and they will come out, but all they do is put very inferior surfaces in and it’s out again. The roads have been neglected over the years in Lytham and because of two bad winters they’ve just disintegrated.”

There are also problems in Wrea Green and St Annes, where Coun Karen Henshaw has flagged up potholes on Headroomgate, Kilnhouse Lane and Ashley Road.

She added: “I keep thinking I’ll go out and buy a bucket of asphalt and do it myself.”

But County Coun Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Last year, we fixed 50 per cent more potholes than we normally fix.

“I acknowledge there are problems and I’ve asked our officers to get on with them and fix them – and they’ve got plenty of money to do it. I just ask people to be patient.”