Calls to repair Conisbrough’s ‘worst road’

Morley Place in Conisbrough is in a terrible state with a number of large potholes.
Morley Place in Conisbrough is in a terrible state with a number of large potholes.

Fed-up residents are urging council chiefs to use a new funding package to repair dozens of potholes on a nightmare road ‘described as one of the worst in Doncaster.’

Residents in Morley Place, Conisbrough, are desperate for Doncaster Council to repair their crumbling road, which is strewn with divots and deep holes.

The authority has just been awarded £660, 881 from the Government to fix 12,000 potholes across the borough.

But Conisbrough residents were faced with more disappointment this week as it was revealed the road is unadopted land and the council said it is not responsible for maintaining it.

Mum-of-two Sue Bright, 57, a retired science lap technician, said: “The council should use some of this money to fix the road. It is surely one of the worst in Doncaster.”

“The council should consider adopting it or at least giving over some of the money to repair it. We pay full rates and road tax. It is disgraceful.”

Following similar complaints earlier this year, a council spokesman confirmed the road is “up to residents to keep it maintained.”

This latest funding is part of a £168 million Pothole Repair Fund kitty which is being divided out across the country to fix crumbling roads - with work expected to cover a total of three million potholes.

As a condition of receiving the money local authorities are required to publish monthly progress updates on how many potholes have been repaired. The cash boost follows £521,974 which was awarded from the Government in March from the Weather Repair Fund.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Potholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace.”

Peter Dale, the council’s director of regeneration and environment, said: “The Government grant has been allocated to Doncaster Council to mend our highways. However, as Morley Place is an unadopted road, we are not able to use this funding to address the issues raised by local residents, as the responsibility for the maintenance of the road lies with the residents or third parties.”