State of road is simply potty!

Resident Geoff Carr measures the depth of one of the pot holes watched by Ann Marsden, George Fairhurst, Sue Dempster and Jean Elsey
Resident Geoff Carr measures the depth of one of the pot holes watched by Ann Marsden, George Fairhurst, Sue Dempster and Jean Elsey

A LEGAL log jam has helped create one of Wigan’s biggest pot-holes.

Drivers entering a road in Standish are being taken by surprise when their car suspension suddenly hits a section akin to a lunar landscape.

That’s because there is an unadopted, 50 yard section in the middle of Quakers Place/Greenwood Avenue.

Now a ward councillor is calling for an end to the impasse. Coun George Fairhurt said his inquiries have revealed that the section of unadopted highway is owned by Monaco-registered land company, Armitage Holdings and he is now calling on town hall chiefs to ensure the firm resurfaces the section.

Coun Fairhurst took a ruler to the water filled craters this week and found the worst to be almost 4ins deep.

He said: “When people find themselves on a unadopted road they at least slow down because they can see it is pot holed and can be a hazard.

“But the thing about this section is that because it lies in the middle of the road and on a bend it can take some people by surprise so something certainly needs doing about it.”

Coun Fairhurst said he had been trying, alongside Wigan Council’s borough engineers department, to have the problem solved for many months, but was becoming increasingly frustrated by the impasse.

He said: “For some strange reason just this little bit of the road is unadopted with smooth road which is adopted on either side.

“I know that this means that legally the council are usually forbidden from spending council taxpayers’ money resurfacing what is a private bit of land, but surely this doesn’t mean that nothing can ever be done to solve it because it is only going to get worse.

“To be fair the council’s Borough Engineer has written to the owner some while back asking if they were prepared to take action but nothing has come of it so we need to press again.”

Mark Tilley, the council’s head of infrastructure, said: “We’re sorry about the condition of Quakers Place, but the council has no authority to act because this part of it is not adopted highway.

“Responsibility for maintenance of unadopted roads is generally that of the landowner, and often also those properties who gain access from such roads.

“If the road was to be brought up to standard by its owners, a legal process could begin where the council could adopt and maintain it.

“We last had a query about Quakers Place’s condition four years ago and our safety inspection, three months ago, reported that the condition was acceptable.”