Residents told to pay to make street safe

Residents of Tennyson Avenue, Thorne, have been battling for years to have their unadopted road repaired. They have now been told that they need to pay �5,300 each for the road to be resurfaced. Pictured back l-r are Russ Clarke, Sue Taylor, Anne Kershaw, and her husband George. Front l-r are Lyn Shadlock, and Paul Willerton. Picture: Liz Mockler D2524LM
Residents of Tennyson Avenue, Thorne, have been battling for years to have their unadopted road repaired. They have now been told that they need to pay �5,300 each for the road to be resurfaced. Pictured back l-r are Russ Clarke, Sue Taylor, Anne Kershaw, and her husband George. Front l-r are Lyn Shadlock, and Paul Willerton. Picture: Liz Mockler D2524LM

residents living on a street plagued by potholes are furious after being told they will have to stump up £5,300 per household to bring the road up to scratch.

Residents of Tennyson Avenue in Thorne who say the holes are nearly a foot deep in some areas claim Doncaster Council is playing a postcode lottery game taking responsibilty for some unadopted roads but not others.

A spokesman for Doncaster Council said Tennyson Avenue was initially included in a road adoption programme that began in 2006 and was due to run for five years but that programme was discontinued in 2008 as part of a saving in that year’s budget before the road was adopted.

Resident George Kershaw who has lived on the street with wife Anne for 42 years said the state of the street was making people’s lives a misery.

Mr Kerhsaw, 68, added: “We have children on the street who can’t go out and play because the street is so dangerous.

“There’s nearly a foot of water in some holes and iron reinforcements from the road are sticking out.

“We presented the council with a petition with 824 signatures on it but nothing has been done. We feel like no one is willing to take responsibility for the problem.

“When other residents have not paid anything to have their roads repaired or adopted, we feel aggrieved and that we are being discriminated against by the council.”

Mrs Kershaw, 66, said residents were getting fed up of encountering problems such as burst tyres and issues with their suspension on their vehicles due to the poor state of the road.

She added “We are not asking for much we just want the road to be safe. All we want is justice.

“We pay our taxes like everyone else we just don’t think it’s fair.”

Doncaster Council’s Assistant Director of Environment, Gill Gillies, said: “We are very much aware of and sympathise with concerns raised by residents regarding Tennyson Avenue. However, this road – like many others across the borough - is not council owned or funded, and the cost of any repairs is ultimately the responsibility of householders.”