Delay in plan to fix roads

potholes in Hemsworth which councillors and residents were told would be seen to by October as part of a Wakefield Council scheme. 'Pictured: Town Cllr Jim Kenyon and Stan Wilson on Woodlands Crescent

potholes in Hemsworth which councillors and residents were told would be seen to by October as part of a Wakefield Council scheme. 'Pictured: Town Cllr Jim Kenyon and Stan Wilson on Woodlands Crescent

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TOWN councillors are angry that potholes earmarked for repair back in July have still not been fixed.

Repairs to Gargrave Crescent and Woodlands Crescent in Hemsworth are due to be carried out under a multi-million pound Wakefield Council plan to fix potholes across the district, which was approved in July.

But work has still not been carried out and councillors fear that if left much longer the state of the roads will get worse as winter sets in, and could lead to an accident.

Coun Jim Kenyon, of Hemsworth Town Council, said: “It’s dangerous for the people that live up there - someone could break their neck.

“At the end of December and January when the snow starts it’s going to get even worse.”

Gargrave Crescent, from Moorfield Crescent to Beechwood Crescent, is earmarked for resurfacing and Woodlands Crescent is set to be thin-surfaced to stop water seeping into the road.

But after the long wait, Coun Kenyon fears the work may not get done at all.

He added: “When they first announced that it was going to be done, it was a relief but now we are afraid it’s not going to be done at all.”

Wakefield Council said that work would still be done within this financial year.

Graham West, highways network manager, said: “Delays have been due to the extremely wet summer which has delayed the programme of works.

“We are sorry for the delay but we will be inspecting the area and will carry out works on any safety issues found between now and the start of the resurfacing. Residents will be informed when we have a scheduled date for the works to begin.”