Shocking state of area’s roads top of MP’s agenda

Andrew Percy MP and Councillor Liz Redfern in Epworth.
Andrew Percy MP and Councillor Liz Redfern in Epworth.

The poor state of the roads in Epworth and Belton were top of the agenda when campaigning MP Andrew Percy visited the area at the weekend.

The Isle MP joined Coun Liz Redfern, to inspect the pitted highways and to call for an urgent summit to address the problem of the huge number of potholes and road surface issues, as raised in the Epworth Bells last week.

Mr Percy and Coun Redfern have called for a summit of influential figures from the area, which will include senior council officers and other private road owners.

The aim is to draw up an urgent action plan to try and improve the Isle’s rundown roads and pavements.

The deterioration of the Isle’s highways has been a long-standing problem and one which many residents have complained long and hard about.

In last week’s Bells it showed there had been 131 complaints about potholes on the Isle during 2013 – the highest level since 2010.

The two troubleshooters inspected the roads highlighted in last week’s publication including potholes on Turbary Road, in Haxey and other hotspots, and they were appalled by what they saw.

Andrew Percy said: “The government made a positive start by providing North Lincolnshire Council with an extra £1 million last year, which was a massive increase on their funding allocation.”

He added: “The extremes of our weather has left our roads and pavements in a real sorry state and the extra money is a positive start in dealing with these issues.

“However, we want to take on residents concerns and I would urge anyone with a genuine concern to call my office on 01405 767969 and report any roads or pavements that are of a particular issue.”

Last week a spokeswoman for North Lincolnshire Council said more then £1.5 million had been spent already repairing potholes over the past two years and she added that the prolonged cold winter last year had delayed a lot of pothole repairs until April this year.

Startling figures revealed last week show there had been 223 complaints in the past two years and a further 158 complaints about the roads in 2010.

Councillor Liz Redfern said: “Locally the Conservatives have increased our highways budget for the area by £2 million, but there is a lot to do and I am committed to ensuring that we see a significant improvement in our roads and paths.

“I personally regularly report any flaws when I walk around the Epworth and Belton area and I would urge residents to get in touch with me and do the same.”