Dangerous road left out of repair plans

29th November 2011.'Pictured: Brian Newcombe complaining about Potholes on his street.''Picture: Matthew Page
29th November 2011.'Pictured: Brian Newcombe complaining about Potholes on his street.''Picture: Matthew Page
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A ROAD that poses a risk to children has been missed off of a multi-million pound scheme to repair the district’s roads.

The Express reported the fears of Brian Newcombe, of Hillfold, South Elmsall, back in December last year after he raised concerns that the cul-de-sac was in need of repair.

Mr Newcombe said that since the report, two holes have been filled in, but others on the road have got deeper.

He fears that children playing in the road on their bikes could be in danger of hurting themselves if they were to hit a pothole.

Wakefield Council revealed last month that a £4m district-wide scheme will see around £600,000 spent on repairing roads in the South East area.

But Hillfold was not included in this list.

Mr Newcombe said: “I would doubt very much if any of the listed roads are as bad as Hillfold.

“I live in Hillfold and so do a number of small children who during the fine weather have been out playing on their bikes and scooters - it is only time before someone is going to be injured.”

The council said it would be carrying out safety repairs to ensure the district’s roads are safe.

Ian Thomson, service director for planning, transportation and highways said: “We review the condition of the districts roads and footpaths every year and allocate our resources to where they are needed most, along with carrying out regular safety and conditions checks on all roads and pavements.

“Those roads that do not feature in this year’s programmes have been inspected and will be considered in future programmes along with the other 6000 streets’ within our district.

“Safety repairs will be carried out throughout the year to ensure our roads are as safe as possible for all users.”

Potholes can be reported to the council on 0845 8506 506.