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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Demand for action over Cumbria ‘danger’ roads

Villagers hope to gain an MP’s backing and improve the condition of “dangerous” roads.

Sue Gallagher, who lives in Port Carlisle, will today show Workington MP Tony Cunningham the potholes that have caused problems for residents.

Ms Gallagher has circulated a petition around the village and claims nearly every resident has signed it. She says around 85 per cent of households are affected by the potholes.

Residents say that sunken areas on Irving Terrace, Field View and Church Street have caused damage to cars, homes, and make it difficult for people to drive and walk around the village.

Ms Gallagher is currently involved in a dispute with the streets’ owners, British Rail Board Residuary (BRBR), as to who is responsible for repairs to the damaged roads.

A report seen by the News & Star indicated that BRBR acknowledged the extent of the problem but argued residents should repair the roads if they wanted to do so.

Ms Gallagher said: “The roads are dangerous and BRBR have said that themselves in the report.

“I want to get the surface made fit for purpose because we are really badly affected.

“It’s worsening by the year and affects anybody who is frail or has a family or small children.”

As well as residents, the potholes cause problems for people who need to travel through the village to work

Royal Mail postman Jim Stoddart said: “I only come here once a week and it’s gradually been getting worse. It makes it difficult delivering the mail.”

Tina Harrington has lived in the village since 1999 and at one stage the puddles developing outside her house after rain got so bad that her husband decided to try and repair the road himself.

She said: “It was 2003 when we drained and dug it up. There were problems with services trying to use it.

“I think the village is forgotten because we are so rural and isolated.”

Michael Windess said: “I had to have a new exhaust system fitted to my car after it fell off because of the road.

 

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