Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has written to the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Greg Clark, to voice his proposals for District Authorities to be given more powers over potholes and rural bus services.
In his letter, Mr Evans said: “The Ribble Valley is one of the most sparsely populated areas of the country, with people having to travel large distances by road to go to work, take their children to school, run businesses, visit the nearest town or even go to the local shop.
“Cars in the Ribble Valley are by no means a luxury, and are a vital component of everyday life. Road surfaces and maintenance are therefore vital issues for the area.
“You would therefore expect that Lancashire County Council, the local authority above Ribble Valley Borough Council, would take a great and vested interest in this issue.
“Sadly this has not been the case, and I have grave concerns that the Ribble Valley is not receiving its fair share of funding from Lancashire County Council.”
Speaking from his Ribble Valley constituency office this week, Mr Evans said: “I have asked Greg Clark to consider giving Ribble Valley Borough Council the power and funding to fix the terrible condition of the roads in the Ribble Valley, given the poor service so far provided by Lancashire County Council.
“I have contacted Lancashire County Council on a number of occasions, and my concerns seem to have received little interest.
“Waiting for a serious injury to a cyclist, motorcyclist or driver before investing in road improvements is a ridiculous strategy, and I am hoping that the Minister will consider and take very seriously my proposals.”