Talks wanted to end Epworth road saga

Residents on Turbary Road, Epworth, have been campaigning to no avail to repair the road, which is difficult for vehicles and wheelchairs to negotiate. Back L-R are Rosemary Johnson, Trevor Taylor, Daphne Jones, Graham Wager, and Lorna Thompson. Front L-R are Delise Wager, and Michael Shaw Picture: Liz Mockler E0236LM

Residents on Turbary Road, Epworth, have been campaigning to no avail to repair the road, which is difficult for vehicles and wheelchairs to negotiate. Back L-R are Rosemary Johnson, Trevor Taylor, Daphne Jones, Graham Wager, and Lorna Thompson. Front L-R are Delise Wager, and Michael Shaw Picture: Liz Mockler E0236LM

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EPWORTH Town Council is demanding high-levels as it bids to end a long-running saga over potential upgrades to a road in the town.

Members have decided to seek a face-to-face meeting with North Lincolnshire Council representatives to thrash out the issue surrounding Turbary Road.

The Turbary Road Working Group is now to meet to work out the approach to North Lincolnshire after Coun Bob Fish urged a meeting to resolve the problem, which has been causing concern since the 1970s.

He said: “We must find a resolution to this problem. It appears there is no will to do so from North Lincolnshire Council.

“We should say we are still searching for the will to reach an agreed settlement,” he added.

The road is in a poor state of repair, and Epworth Town Council had set aside funds to pay for it to be surfaced. However North Lincolnshire Council said that could not be done because the road did not belong to the town council.

The town council has sought the advice of a barrister, Coun Peter Davies reminded members.

“The barrister said Turbary Road was a road with a footpath, and we had the right to tarmac it, but North Lincolnshire Council have decided not to help, and are putting obstacles in our path. They seem to have taken a position, and won’t move.”

Coun Fish said Epworth Council should have the opportunity to improve the road, and still had the funds available with which to do it.

He said: “Andrew Percy (the area’s MP) said in 2008 that the road was a basic service, and people expected a return on their council tax. It seems to me that the objection is that tarmac will increase traffic speed, and that would be dangerous to pedestrians.”

Coun Eddie Mardell pointed out that North Lincolnshire Council used the road for access.

“They don’t demand that residents drag their bins to the end of the road,” he said.