Dangerous potholes to be fixed

Cllr Laurie Harrison on Church Drive, South Kirkby. One of the roads that will benefit from a multi million pound road improvement scheme that is due to start in August, 2012.'h314b229
Cllr Laurie Harrison on Church Drive, South Kirkby. One of the roads that will benefit from a multi million pound road improvement scheme that is due to start in August, 2012.'h314b229

A MULTI million pound plan to fix potholes in more than 30 roads has been approved.

Wakefield Council’s Cabinet rubber-stamped the scheme to invest more than £4m this year in resurfacing more than 75 miles of roads across the district – with around £600,000 to be spent in the Express area.

Work is due to begin in August.

A report to the cabinet members said the planned maintenance of the district’s roads was vital for keeping the public safe.

It also said it was important to reduce costs long term, as accident claims to the council have increased after the severe winters of recent years.

The move has been welcomed by councillors, who called for the council to tackle the area’s pothole problem in November last year.

Coun Laurie Harrison said: “I’m very delighted and happy to welcome this plan. The council has a reduced budget and it’s good to see that this is still a priority.”

Around £4.25m will be spent this year under the plans, in addition to a further £3m over the next three years set to be invested in local roads.

Council leader Coun Peter Box said: “The south east area of the district has not been forgotten. We are spending almost £600,000 in this part of the district, with more than 40 streets included in this year’s highways maintenance programme.

“Continuing to invest in the upkeep of the district’s roads is vital to the local economy.

“We do have to prioritise because we have a limited budget, but we are doing as much as we can to keep our roads and pavements in good order and make sure they are as safe and accessible to all road users and pedestrians.”

Improvements include:

Upton: Walton Road, from Wrangbrook Road to School Street – RT; Graham Avenue up to the end of Cross Street – TS; Rose Grove – TS; School Street, from Tom Wood Ash Lane to Walton Road – TS.

Ryhill: Navvy Lane, from Notton Bridge to Church Lane – SD; Notton Lane, from Chevet Lane to Notton Bridge – SD; Nostell Lane, from Lakeside Estate to Long Dam Lane – TS.

South Hiendley: Brier Lane, from Willow Drive to Henry Avenue – TS; East Street – RT; Nelson Street, from Regent Street to Elizabeth Avenue – RT.

Hemsworth: Cottam Croft – RT; Gargrave Crescent, from Moorfield Crescent to Beechwood Crescent – RT; Barnsley Road, from Cross Hill to district boundary – SD; Hague Terrace, from Kirkby Road to Oakwood Drive – TS; Woodlands Crescent – TS.

South Kirkby: Church Drive, from Church View to Church Mount – RT; Crawley Avenue, from Carr Lane to Ings Walk – RT; Common Road, from Mill Lane to Southmoor Road – SD; Stockingate, up to Mill Lane – SD; Burntwood Crescent – TS; Grove Way, from Grove Mount to Grove Lane – TS; Ings Walk – TS; Kings Croft – TS.

South Elmsall: Hood Street – RT; Knightscroft Parade – RT; Carlton Road, from Barnsley Road to Westfield Lane – TS; Lime Crescent, from Beech Street to Beech Street – TS; Lower Northcroft – TS.