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Council apologises as Ashton resident brands half-finished pavements ‘garbage’

Posted on - 6th March, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston News, Roads
New tarmac on Stocks Road pavements
Residents have been left concerned about the work causing a trip hazard for the elderly

Lancashire County Council has apologised after local residents complained about half-finished work to pavements in Ashton.

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LCC blamed the recent severe weather for delays to finishing the work in Stocks Road.

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Basically they have laid tarmac, which is all uneven and does not sit level with the kerbstones. It’s lower by about one to two inches.

“It’s a real trip hazard for older people and is probably the worst job I’ve ever seen. It is certainly a garbage job and dangerous.”

Read more: Council leaders accused of ignoring pleas about Preston’s perilous pavements

The work has remained half finished since early February, but workers returned to the site this week with the aim of finishing the pavements today (Friday 6 March).

New tarmac on Stocks Road pavements
The pavements were left with no warning signs for weeks
Signs and barriers are now in place in Stocks Road
Signs and barriers are now in place as work is due to complete today on the stretch of Stocks Road near Tulketh Brow (Friday 6 March)

A spokesperson for LCC said: “We’re improving the pavements along the length of Stocks Road and are currently working to realign the kerbstones and tree pits on the section near Tulketh Brow, before returning to apply the top layer of the new surface on Friday, weather permitting.

“We’re also currently finishing the surface on the section between Blackpool Road and Woodplumpton Road.

“We’re sorry for the delay in completing this scheme, however the need for night shifts due to the severe weather over recent weeks has had a knock-on impact on some of our day to day activities.”

Read more: Deepdale resident slams ‘shoddy jobs’ as council apologises for road issues

Have you seen the work to re-surface the pavements? Has it affected you? Let us know in the comments.

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