‘Sort out bumpy road now!’

Stan Thomson among the potholes on Kingscote Drive.
Stan Thomson among the potholes on Kingscote Drive.
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A ROAD safety campaigner fears his street could end up being the scene of a fatal accident unless urgent action is taken.

Stan Thomson, 71, has been calling on Blackpool Council to fix the broken road surface in Kingscote Drive, Stanley Park, for seven years.

Now he has stepped up his calls for vital resurfacing work to begin after witnessing a number of potentially serious incidents recently.

In the past two months Mr Thomson says a car has hit a telegraph pole, a motorcyclist has come off his bike and loose stones from the road have hit his window.

Mr Thomson, who runs the area’s neighbourhood watch scheme, describes the current state of its surface as “ridiculous” – a situation which is not helped by speeding motorists.

He said: “There are going to be bad accidents if something is not done.

“If anybody’s speeding and doesn’t know this road they’ll go right into a telegraph pole, somebody’s already bumped into it.

“I’ve phoned the council time and time again, and it’s just getting worse.

“The whole road’s getting uprooted and the stones are coming away, one of them’s hit my window.

“It gives you the fright of your life when you see it happening.

“This road is ridiculous.”

Blackpool Council says the half road surface in Kingscote Drive has been revamped as part of its Project 30 scheme, while the stretch which lies close to Mr Thomson’s house is set to be resurfaced by early 2013.

Coun Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council cabinet member for streets and transport said: “In total Project 30 is repairing 40 miles of roads all over Blackpool and we have already resurfaced a large number of roads which were previously in a desperate state.

“Although the north end of Kingscote Drive has been resurfaced to a high standard, the south side has some defects which we need to address, and we will be visiting it at the turn of the year in order to resurface it to a better state.”

A spokesman for Blackpool Police confirmed the force had received reports of a damaged telegraph pole in Kingscote Drive after a car hit it on September 5 at 3.10pm.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

CLICK HERE for a full list of roads across Blackpool which are set to be resurfaced as part of the Project 30 scheme.

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