Anger at ‘atrocious’ state of Hellifield roads

Craven Herald: DANGER CLAIM: Coun Chris Moorby inspects the road outside Hellifield Primary School DANGER CLAIM: Coun Chris Moorby inspects the road outside Hellifield Primary School

A councillor has hit out at the “dangerous” state of roads in Hellifield.

District councillor Chris Moorby said the A65 and Gisburn Road had become so rough that they were hazardous.

He said the two roads were resurfaced a few years ago, but were now in an “atrocious” condition.

“I feel the situation is not just an inconvenience, but has got to the stage of being dangerous,” said Coun Moorby. “I know times are hard at North Yorkshire County Council, but these roads are absolutely atrocious. The road at Hellifield was patched a couple of weeks ago, but this work has done no good whatsoever.”

Coun Moorby, who works as haulage contractor, added: “I came through Hellifield in my wagon after the patching had been completed and I found the road surface so rough I thought that a spring would be broken. When a replacement spring costs in the region of £500, it gives me concern.”

He is now calling for the roads to be completely resurfaced.

“I know North Yorkshire County Council has not got a great deal of funds to play with but something should be done,” he said :“How much money are they pumping into the Tour de France while these roads are getting ignored?”

Coun Moorby also questioned why it was taking so long to complete roadworks at Mearbeck – between Long Preston and Cleatop roundabout at Settle.

He said the lack of work being done and the one-way traffic lights were causing congestion and forcing people to seek alternative routes through Wigglesworth and Rathmell.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire County Council said: “The condition of the North Yorkshire’s highways is a major priority for the county council and it has allocated an extra £5 million towards the repairs even though it is facing severe financial cuts across the board.

“North Yorkshire is the biggest local authority in England by area and has the third largest road network. The annual allocation of £28 million still falls far short of the estimated annual expenditure required to address priority problems. The maintenance backlog for the entire network is approximately £322 million.

“Even if the backlog was removed, the council estimates that it would still require some £60 million a year simply to maintain the highways in good condition.”

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12:14pm Fri 25 Apr 14

TheGerihatrick says...

Shame the Tour de France isn't passing through Hellifield Mr Moorby - it would have been sorted out as a priority seen as they are smartening up all the roads it is going to pass through.
Shame the Tour de France isn't passing through Hellifield Mr Moorby - it would have been sorted out as a priority seen as they are smartening up all the roads it is going to pass through. TheGerihatrick
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10:42am Sat 26 Apr 14

Mart56 says...

The problem with the A65 is the volume of traffic, particularly HGVs. This road was de-truncked several years ago, and I suspect that this pushes it down the priority list for proper re-surfacing. The best we can hope for is occasional top dressing as will be done on the section between Gargrave and Skipton this weekend. Meanwhile the amount of traffic is increasing and many HGVs use the road as a shortcut from West Yorkshire to the M6 instead of using the M62.
I suppose that when the top dressing is done it will be too much to ask everyone to stick to the temporary speed limit so that I don't have the expense of paintwork repairs or a new windscreen on my car.
Regarding the Tour de France argument all the work being done on the route wouldn't be done if there was no tour, so at least we're going to have some improved roads as a legacy of the tour. It's time to start welcoming such benefits instead of moaning about the inconvenience and work being done on the route.
The problem with the A65 is the volume of traffic, particularly HGVs. This road was de-truncked several years ago, and I suspect that this pushes it down the priority list for proper re-surfacing. The best we can hope for is occasional top dressing as will be done on the section between Gargrave and Skipton this weekend. Meanwhile the amount of traffic is increasing and many HGVs use the road as a shortcut from West Yorkshire to the M6 instead of using the M62. I suppose that when the top dressing is done it will be too much to ask everyone to stick to the temporary speed limit so that I don't have the expense of paintwork repairs or a new windscreen on my car. Regarding the Tour de France argument all the work being done on the route wouldn't be done if there was no tour, so at least we're going to have some improved roads as a legacy of the tour. It's time to start welcoming such benefits instead of moaning about the inconvenience and work being done on the route. Mart56
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8:04pm Thu 1 May 14

dave59 says...

Surface dressing is a hopeless way of treating trunk roads. It creates a noisy and rough cover that does not address underlying road faults. It is cheap, nasty fix suitable for minor roads only. We do not pay high levels of tax and buy new cars to drive on this rubbish.

The road at Hellifield is beyond a disgrace and there are not even signs up apologising for the mess. The problem lies with the council who lack the resources and skills to resurface properly. Recent efforts at Gargrave following a similar debacle have resulted in a road that resembles a rocking horse ride to drive on.

Well done Cllr Moorby for drawing attention to it. People are far too tolerant.
Surface dressing is a hopeless way of treating trunk roads. It creates a noisy and rough cover that does not address underlying road faults. It is cheap, nasty fix suitable for minor roads only. We do not pay high levels of tax and buy new cars to drive on this rubbish. The road at Hellifield is beyond a disgrace and there are not even signs up apologising for the mess. The problem lies with the council who lack the resources and skills to resurface properly. Recent efforts at Gargrave following a similar debacle have resulted in a road that resembles a rocking horse ride to drive on. Well done Cllr Moorby for drawing attention to it. People are far too tolerant. dave59
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