A WIGAN councillor has spent two thirds of her Brighter Borough money to fill potholes in two roads each containing just three houses.
Wigan Central councillor Jean Peet is using more than £4,000 of her £6,000 annual allocation to resurface two unadopted roads, Alwyn Street and Alwyn Terrace, which each contain three houses, because they are full of potholes.
Brighter Borough money is more often spent on helping community groups or bulb planting, but the Conservative councillor says that even though only six houses are affected, the work is vital because the two streets, which have no footpath, are used as a walkway to the town centre.
She said: “Alwyn Street and Alwyn Terrace are unadopted roads and Wigan Council’s engineers would not be able to repair them.
“There is a lot of traffic that goes along those two roads and it is damaging the cars.
“I would say 100 people use the steps to get to Tesco, in Central Park Way, and to the town centre.
“There is no footpath, so people have to use the road and they could slip or get their foot caught in a pothole and injure themselves.
“Engineers will be stripping the road back to the cobbles, taking the top layers off and skimming it and refilling it.”
Wigan Council does not repair unadopted roads.
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It is expected the landowners - usually the people who own the houses in the road - pay for maintenance work.
In many local authorities, that is reflected in lower council tax banding, although Wigan Council was unable to say if that was the case within the borough.
When the Observer asked Coun Peet if using Brighter Borough money to repair the roads was a way of the council funding road repairs, she said: “In a round about way. The council won’t fix a road that is unadopted. But it is used by pedestrians.
“If other residents in unadopted roads wish to follow suit, they would have to convince their councillor that it is necessary.”
Former ward councillor Gareth Fairhurst said that when elected, he had wanted to spend money repairing the two roads but the cost was much greater than that being quoted by Coun Peet
A spokesman from Wigan Council’s highways department confirmed work on the unadopted roads has been approved as a one-off expenditure.
But, as with all unadopted streets, the future responsibility for maintenance of the streets remained with the landowners.