Fleetwood residents cry foul over potholes - but County says roadworks are planned

Fed-up residents in Fleetwood have hit out after the latest list of pothole-filling projects from County Hall appeared to ignore the town in favour of other areas of Wyre.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 7:44 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th April 2021, 7:48 pm
Fleetwood residents were unhappy after the town was not included in the latest round of works to repair potholes

They reacted after Lancashire County Council's Cabinet approved another 84 wholesale resurfacing schemes - totalling more than 100 individual routes - to be undertaken over the next year - in addition to the 88 projects announced last month.

This latest list of works included a section for Wyre, but the residents say not a single job for Fleetwood was included in the nine projects, despite the town having some serious pothole issues.

They were angry that four of the schemes were earmarked for Poulton, in addition to single projects in areas such as Cleveleys and Hambleton.

Residents say parts of Broadway are particularly bad for potholes

One resident, John Bate, of Broadway, Fleetwood, said: "As usual there are numerous jobs in Poulton but none in Fleetwood.

"It is a real concern, especially in light of the state of the roads such as the main road on Broadway where it intersects Larkholme Lane and Larkholme Parade.

"This is a major accident waiting to happen, especially as there are two schools in the immediate vicinity.

"It has numerous potholes, many of such a depth that they are back through all of the layers of the tarmac through to the base layer.

"They are so numerous that cars are swerving to miss them, crating a scene like the Wacky Races cartoon."

Other residents have taken to social media to complain at the absence of any Fleetwood projects in the latest list as the projects became public.

Judith Clarkson commented: "Great, not one road in Fleetwood.

"Broadway at the junction with Larkholme Lane is horrendous. Dock street is a shocker. Let’s hope they come to Fleetwood."

Resident Mark Evans responded: "The worst bit of road in the whole of Lancashire has to be top end of Dock st in Fleetwood. It’s just like a dirt track without the dirt."

Jane Channing stated: "Princess Way is shocking - and Dock Street too."

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However, Lancashire County Council says the latest list doesn't take into account the projects which had already been approved on an earlier occasion.

These included projects earmarked for for Greta Place (costing £10,000), Dock Street (£48,000), Adelaide Street ( £42,000) and, Duddon Avenue (£201,000).

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: "We use data from surveys and inspections to identify the most cost effective time to carry out maintenance and, wherever possible, extend the life of our infrastructure before more extensive and expensive repairs are needed.

"We prioritise road maintenance schemes for the coming year on a countywide basis according to road condition, and a number of schemes are due to take place in Fleetwood, including resurfacing Greta Place, parts of Dock Street and Adelaide Street and reconstructing footways on Duddon Avenue.

"We will continue to carry out regular inspections of all roads in order to identify, and promptly repair, any issues which could cause a risk to safety, and are also grateful for people reporting issues to us using our online system Report It."