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Call for repairs on road leading to St Mary-le-Ghyll Church, Barnoldswick
11:00am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
A sexton has hit out at the state of a small road leading to a historic Barnoldswick church.
John Blades, managing director of Salterforth-based Blades Builders and Sexton Contractors, says Ghyll Road, which leads to St Mary-le-Ghyll Church, is riddled with so many potholes that it is in dire need of re-surfacing.
“I’ve been a gravedigger (sexton) down there for 35 years and that road has never been as bad as it is now.
“Hearses are going bumpity-bump in a bid to avoid potholes,” said Mr Blades. “It’s no good for people going down the road.
“It’s an approach road to a grade one listed church building, its coach house, churchyard and cemetery. It’s an extremely unsatisfactory situation altogether, and it’s not acceptable. Something needs to be done to repair that length of road.”
Juliet Bohun, vice-chairman of St Mary-le-Ghyll Parochial Church Council, sent a letter to Lancashire County Council highways complaining about the state of the road and requesting urgent action.
Alan Capstick, Lancashire’s highways manager for Pendle, said: “In response to reports received about potholes we have carried out patching repairs to Ghyll Lane.
“Whilst it is accepted that Ghyll Lane would benefit from resurfacing, there are higher priority roads in the county that need re-surfacing first.
“Until funds can be secured for Ghyll Lane we will continue to maintain the road in a safe and serviceable condition.”
But Mrs Bohun said: “It needs a lot more than potholes filling in.
“The visitors that come to this area are not impressed. It’s not a good road for cars, particularly for undertakers’ vehicles that have to come down there.”
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