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Pothole road misery for angry residents

Residents of Chapel Street, St Helens, from left, Jack Heaton, Carl Powner and David Seddon, are unhappy about their road, it used to be cobbles but was surfaced with Tarmac and now is patched up.

Residents of Chapel Street, St Helens, from left, Jack Heaton, Carl Powner and David Seddon, are unhappy about their road, it used to be cobbles but was surfaced with Tarmac and now is patched up.

Residents in a street plighted by potholes are calling for action after a half-finished job has the road outside his home in a state of disrepair.

Carl Powner, an NHS worker, has complained to the council after highways engineers began tarmacing the road in Chapel Street a few years ago, but never completed it.

The 51-year-old father-of-one said that the road is now uneven, with potholes, high kerbs and a formation of litter.

He said: “The top layer was never put on, so the road is quite rough and the kerbs are quite high.

“The road surface has deteriorated so there are potholes where the cobbles are showing through.

“It also causes problems with litter as now there is a gap between the bottom of the kerb and the tarmac.

“The road is very difficult to clean as we are the only street in the area with restricted parking so there are a lot of cars parked there and environmental teams can’t get to the cracks where there is litter to clear it up.

“I have complained to St Helens Council and to our ward councillors but we are still waiting.”

A spokesman for St Helens said that the road did not appear to be in a bad state of disrepair and it may be considered in next year’s highways maintenance scheme.

He said: “All the streets in the borough are inspected regularly – and Chapel Street was last visited on April 24. No actionable defects were identified on this visit.

“However the road will potentially be included in the 2014/15 Highway Maintenance programme - subject to cabinet approval.

“Along with other roads it will be assessed on a needs basis - with priority depending on budget constraints and cabinet approval.”

in May or June this year.”

 

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