Shame of our roads to ruin

Coun Harrison on one of the port's damaged roads.
Coun Harrison on one of the port's damaged roads.
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MORE needs to be done to tackle poor road surfaces in Fleetwood, according to a town councillor.

Coun Jack Harrison, who represents Rossall ward, claims urgent work needs to be undertaken on a number of port streets including Chatsworth Avenue, Hodder Avenue and Northway.

Coun Harrison, a wheelchair user, says he has almost been tipped from his chair twice due to the poor state of the roads, which he describes as “lamentable”.

He added: “I don’t think they do it properly, it’s just a quick repair job and they’re off.

“The holes are getting worse and worse and if it’s pretty bad in the car when you go over it, what it’s like for people with pushchairs I don’t know. You get some pretty big lorries taking shortcuts around the estate and that’s a problem too, you can tell they don’t belong there.

“I actually try not to use my wheelchair around here because I’ve nearly been tipped out twice in the past couple of months, and if you do that at night you’re on your own.”

Coun Harrison intends to bring up the issue at the next council meeting after a number of constituents raised the problem with him.

He added: “I appreciate some roads need doing more than others but some roads never seem to get done.”

Sim Lane-Dixon, the county council’s highways manager for Wyre, said: “While the roads referred to are inspected on a regular basis, the surface can deteriorate rapidly given severe weather conditions such as frost followed by a prolonged wet period. We’re keen to receive information relating to road condition so local patch repairs can be carried out or the road surveyed and considered for re-surfacing as part of a future programme.

“There are no proposals to carry out full resurfacing of these roads at the present time.

“However, arrangements will be made for inspection and if required, for repair work to be carried out.”

The next meeting of Fleetwood Town Council takes place at the North Euston Hotel, on The Esplanade, at 6pm on January 29.

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