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Silsden pensioner sets out stall to raise road repair funds
10:00am Monday 14th October 2013 in News
A Silsden pensioner ran a stall outside her house through the summer to raise money for road repairs.
Joan Brown sold items donated by neighbours to help pay the cost of filling potholes in unadopted Spencer Avenue.
She raised more than £700 standing by the table-top stall five days a week for three months.
The money, along with £1,000 of Bradford Council cash, funded the repair of the first of many holes on the street.
Joan, 76, and husband Clifford are among avenue householders who recently formed a residents’ association to campaign for repairs.
Coun Andrew Mallinson, who represents Silsden on Bradford Council, secured £1,500 to kickstart the group and pay for some repairs.
The residents’ long-term aim is to get Spencer Avenue, which consists of cracked and warped concrete, made up and then adopted. The council will not fund such work.
Joan and two of her friends began the fundraising with a stall outside the nearby Co-op store early in the summer, raising £190.
She said: “We were looking for places where we didn’t have to pay charges. I didn’t want to be gadding off at six o’clock in the morning to a car boot sale.
“I’ve done five days a week outside my house and some days I’d sit there all day for just £3.
“It’s because the weather has been so exceptional.”
Joan said that if Spencer Avenue was fully repaired the cost to each resident would run into many thousands of pounds.
She said: “Some of them are elderly ladies on their own and can’t afford to pay.”
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