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Residents facing bill to tidy up back lane

People living near 'one of the worst' back lanes in Workington could be asked to pay towards the £19,000 needed to improve it.

Gerald Humes photo
Gerald Humes

Residents of Yeowartville claim that the overgrown eyesore behind the former Lennons garage has been neglected by the authorities for more than two decades.

They also say that the lane just over the road from the Town Hall is used for fly-tipping, as a urinal by drunks and as a toilet for dogs.

Gerald Humes, leader of the town council, confirmed that it was on a list of 29 back lanes due to be upgraded, but said that there were others in the town due to be done before this one.

He said that this lane was really the responsibility of the Yeowartville homeowners themselves.

“We are doing this programme not because it is our responsibility but because we think it is the way to improve the town.

“Everybody thinks their back lane should be done first.”

He could not confirm when the town council would get around to Yeowartville.

But he said that members could look at it as a “priority” if other sources of funding became available.

Match funding from the town council might be one option if the residents agreed to make a contribution, he said.

He also suggested that the owner of the adjoining land, where Enterprise Rent-A-Car is now based, could also make a contribution.

Ultimately the council wants to get all the town’s back lanes taken over by the county council.

But to reach the required adoption standard, they would first need to be tarmacadamed and have street lights

Resident Denise Irving, 49, has been in touch with the town council, Allerdale council and Workington MP Tony Cunningham in a bid to get the long-standing issue resolved. She said the would consider paying.

“It’s awful, a disgrace to the town and extremely overgrown with weeds.

“They come up to waist height in some areas. It looks absolutely terrible

“You can hardly get your bin down it because of all the leaves and nettles.

“There are cans left about and dog faeces in amongst it and drunk men come and urinate in it. A sofa was dumped in it.”

Resident Henry Lowery, 56, said: “I have fought on through every council and leader [for the past 25 years] and nothing has ever been done.”

Ward councillor Carl Holding said he thought that this should be one of the first to be done up.

He said: “Progress has been slow because of all sorts of complicated issues.

“I think they are working on the five a year but I would like to see the process sped up of possible.”

MP Mr Cunningham said: “I agree with residents that it’s an eyesore. I have seen it myself and accept that it is exactly as they say.

“I have written to the town council asking them to look at it. It is on a list of the ones to be done up but it should be nearer the top because it is one of the worst ones.”

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my back lane @ the rear of Granville road,the bottom half is garages,the top half has the house rear yards and gardens all backing on to our lane.yes we should organise a routine,on various days alternative householders should patrol and litter pick the lane in question.starting a trend for others in the Castle ward of our city.

Posted by Royl on 1 August 2012 at 11:02

you cant blame the householders,most of the bags of rubbish are flytipped,then opened and kicked about, dity dog owners who bag there dogs waste then throw the bags into the back lanes,car owners washing there cars in the back lanes,then cleaning out ashtrays leaving litter and cig tips on the road,checkn the oil and dispose of the dirty cloth under the car yet again on the road.children/teenagers running up and down the backlanes on a night leaving chip papers ,empty bottles

Posted by Royl on 31 July 2012 at 18:42

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