Residents’ continuing dismay at state of borough’s roads

A pothole which has been marked on Goosebutts Lane in Clitheroe.
A pothole which has been marked on Goosebutts Lane in Clitheroe.
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Long awaited action to fill in the town’s potholes has been dubbed a “pothole lottery” by one local resident.

Dozens of potholes have recently been marked by highways officials around the borough indicating that work will begin imminently to repair them.

Coun. Allan Knox.

Coun. Allan Knox.

However, to the dismay of local residents many of the potholes that have been marked are just one out of a cluster of holes spread out over several metres.

“Why fill in just one pot hole which is surrounded by several others?” Clitheroe resident Selina Towers asked. “It’s unbelievable why they can’t just fill them all in. It’s like the pothole lottery!”

Local residents, including Selina, who lives on Peel Park Avenue, were left hopeful after several potholes were marked up.

But, Selina and her neighbours are unhappy that only some of the potholes have been earmarked for work.

The condition of Whalley Road, Queensway roundabout, prior to it being repaired.

The condition of Whalley Road, Queensway roundabout, prior to it being repaired.

“What’s the point in filling just one pothole in and leaving about five more unrepaired right next to them?” asked Selina who owns Ashcroft care business in Clitheroe and is in and out all the time in the car for work.

“It’s like an obstacle course driving through Clitheroe – we’re just constantly negotiating and avoiding potholes!” She added.

Selina’s neighbour Gerard Brewer, who has lived on Peel Park Avenue for 57 years, said the town’s roads are in the worst condition that he has ever seen them in.

Work has started already to fill in some of the town’s potholes with a particularly bad pothole black spot at the roundabout at Whalley Road with Queensway repaired on Tuesday.

The repaired potholes at Whalley Road, Queensway roundabout.

The repaired potholes at Whalley Road, Queensway roundabout.

However, Coun. Allan Knox, leader of the Lib Dems on Ribble Valley Borough council, is disappointed that only the grooves and potholes in this section of road have been patched up.

“It beggars belief that they have not resurfaced the whole section of road,” said Coun. Knox, who went on to question how long these repairs will last for.

He added that every street in the town is blighted with a pot hole at some point.

Dwayne Lowe, area highways manager for Lancashire County Council, said staff are working hard to repair the damage caused by the wet and freezing weather over the winter, and would be carrying out repairs this week to a number of potholes found during a recent inspection in Clitheroe.

“There are a range of response times when dealing with potholes depending on their depth and location, and these are carefully assessed,” he said.

“If the council has marked a pot hole it will be repaired, although there have been instances where potholes have been marked by persons unknown and these will not be repaired.”

He added: “Councils have recently received extra funding from the Department for Transport due to the damage to roads caused by the worse than average winter, with Lancashire receiving £2.4m to add to around £23m already budgeted for maintaining road surfaces this year."

However, responding to these comments Coun. Knox added: “Nationally, there is a £9.8 billion backlog in the amount needed to fix all the potholes in England and Wales so the additional £2.4 million for Lancashire seems like fiddling while suspensions break and cyclists get injured.”

Potholes have also been marked up in other areas in the borough including on Hardacre Lane, Rimington.

However, residents are not counting their chickens as potholes marked up in Howgill Lane, Gisburn, at the beginning of September, have still not been repaired.