Calls for swift repair of crumbling road surface in Glusburn

County Councillor Philip Barrett

County Councillor Philip Barrett

First published in News

Councillors have called for urgent repairs to be made to a “deteriorated” road surface in Glusburn.

County councillor Philip Barrett (Ind) and parish councillor Patrick Hargreaves have criticised the state of a quarter-mile stretch of the A6068 between Hayfield Mill, occupied by Cirteq, and Glusburn Bridge.

Coun Barrett said: “In all my years as a local councillor I’ve never known this busy road to be in such a bad state of repair.

“The micro-asphalt surface has broken up and come off in large areas and has been deposited at the side of the road and all over the pavements. Ruts and hollows have appeared as the road continues to deteriorate.

“I’ve also received numerous complaints from residents who live near to it about noise nuisance caused by the uneven road surface from heavy goods vehicles that use this road day and night.”

Coun Hargreaves, vice chairman of Glusburn and Cross Hills Parish Council, said: “This section of the A6068 is battered by heavy traffic travelling east from the M65 into Yorkshire. Heavy freight trucks of up to 44 tons have literally ripped up the road surface as they negotiate bends in the road.

“The parish council has been told by the county council that in the present tight financial situation there are no funds available for improvements and repairs.

“This doesn’t explain why this section of road has been allowed to deteriorate into its present appalling state when maintenance to other parts of the highway had been undertaken before the cuts and is continuing elsewhere.

“It’s galling for us to see small improvements being made extensively to other parts of North Yorkshire’s highways, much of which we suspect is related to a certain forthcoming cycle race. It’s ironic to even see lay-bys being newly surfaced on the A59.

“While we welcome the attendant publicity and potential income for Yorkshire businesses through the coming of Le Tour, we feel like second-class citizens in our parish with our broken highway.”

Coun Barrett has been in talks with county highways at Northallerton since last summer to try to secure funding for repairs.

He said: “While I fully understand the unprecedented central government financial cuts facing the county council and the resultant diminishing budgets, I’m very concerned that this road surface is now bordering on dangerous.”

A spokesman for North Yorkshire County Council highways said: “The A6068 at Glusburn is a 500-yard section of the 400-mile-long category 3a road network and does not yet meet the condition criteria associated with resurfacing.

“The road condition data does acknowledge a decline in condition and this stretch of road is likely to be a contender for funding in 2016/17 given no rapid failure in the interim.

“In terms of reactive maintenance, the county council will continue to keep the roads safe and will undertake periodic sweeping to remove loose debris from the road surface.”

The matter will be discussed when the Craven Area Committee meets at Hellifield Institute today.

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6:33pm Fri 14 Mar 14

steve10 says...

The fact that moneys are been taken away from urgent and scheduled repair to make to tour route fit for the event is truly unbelievable ,why cant they ride on the roads that we have to put up with?
cant under stand the bottomless pit of money that seems to be at hand when it comes to cyclist they pay nothing towards the upkeep of roads and cycleways
The fact that moneys are been taken away from urgent and scheduled repair to make to tour route fit for the event is truly unbelievable ,why cant they ride on the roads that we have to put up with? cant under stand the bottomless pit of money that seems to be at hand when it comes to cyclist they pay nothing towards the upkeep of roads and cycleways steve10
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8:20pm Fri 14 Mar 14

grahamlad says...

Terrible road surface. It will only take an Hgv with faulty tyre pressure and travelling too fast and I dread to think of the consequences . Won't be long until the cobbles are showing .
Terrible road surface. It will only take an Hgv with faulty tyre pressure and travelling too fast and I dread to think of the consequences . Won't be long until the cobbles are showing . grahamlad
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9:34pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Mart56 says...

steve10 wrote:
The fact that moneys are been taken away from urgent and scheduled repair to make to tour route fit for the event is truly unbelievable ,why cant they ride on the roads that we have to put up with?
cant under stand the bottomless pit of money that seems to be at hand when it comes to cyclist they pay nothing towards the upkeep of roads and cycleways
Time to take up cycling - apparently it makes you exempt from paying taxes!
[quote][p][bold]steve10[/bold] wrote: The fact that moneys are been taken away from urgent and scheduled repair to make to tour route fit for the event is truly unbelievable ,why cant they ride on the roads that we have to put up with? cant under stand the bottomless pit of money that seems to be at hand when it comes to cyclist they pay nothing towards the upkeep of roads and cycleways[/p][/quote]Time to take up cycling - apparently it makes you exempt from paying taxes! Mart56
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9:48pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Mart56 says...

As my wife just pointed out cyclists don't tend to cause much wear and tear on the roads. Also many agricultural vehicles are exempt from payment of road tax and they certainly do cause wear and tear. But the main problem everywhere is lack of maintenance. I'm sure we can all identify roads where we live that are in urgent need of repair but the fact is governments have not been prepared to spend the money for many years, not just repairing potholes but clearing drains and maintaining verges, white lining etc. At least the tour is ensuring that some of our roads are being maintained, and the A59 is a priority anyway.
As my wife just pointed out cyclists don't tend to cause much wear and tear on the roads. Also many agricultural vehicles are exempt from payment of road tax and they certainly do cause wear and tear. But the main problem everywhere is lack of maintenance. I'm sure we can all identify roads where we live that are in urgent need of repair but the fact is governments have not been prepared to spend the money for many years, not just repairing potholes but clearing drains and maintaining verges, white lining etc. At least the tour is ensuring that some of our roads are being maintained, and the A59 is a priority anyway. Mart56
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