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Barnoldswick councillors call for action on ‘lunar landscape’
Councillors are demanding urgent repairs to potholes that are making Barnoldswick’s roads and pavements look like a “lunar landscape”.
Coun David Whipp said some of the town’s roads were appalling and he is calling on Lancashire County Council to make rapid repairs.
“At Long Ing and Coates Avenue there are stretches of potholes which have been ignored for months and are now so bad they resemble a lunar landscape.
“Despite requests for repairs as long ago as last summer no work has been carried out and the problem gets worse as the weeks go on. On Kelbrook Road there are stretches of pavement where the worn out surface goes up and down by up to three inches (75mm).
“These are just a couple of examples of poor conditions on our roads and pavements which are far too common in Barnoldswick.
“Residents risk twisted ankles and damaged suspension from unrepaired potholes.”
Town council chairman Coun Lindsay Gaskell added: “The work would have cost a lot less if they’d got on with it before the potholes got bigger and deeper.”
Alan Capstick, highways manager for Pendle, said: “Roads across the whole of Lancashire have been badly affected by recent winters and we have been repairing around 6,000 more potholes each year as a result.
“The end of the winter is always the worst time of the year for potholes as most of the damage happens during the winter and the weather means we can’t carry out as many repairs as at other times of the year.
“However, we have an annual programme in every district to maintain and replace roads and will be assessing which roads are most in need of repair and replacement over the next few weeks.
“While we carry out our own regular inspections, we’re grateful for people reporting the most severe potholes as we will respond and carry out an emergency repair to make the road safe if necessary.”