Pothole dispute resolved

Property owner Jim Ingram with the road before it was resurfaced (below)
Property owner Jim Ingram with the road before it was resurfaced (below)

A WIGAN property landlord was today celebrating a victory after cutting through council red tape.

Pensioner Jim Ingram had been in dispute with the local authority over who had jurisdiction for the road surface on Ince Hall Avenue.

The repaired surface of Ince Hall Avenue, Wigan

The repaired surface of Ince Hall Avenue, Wigan

Despite previously being told the road was unadopted, and therefore his own responsibility to maintain, the council has now repaved the once pot-holed surface.

Jim, who claimed the state of disrepair had cost him potential tenants, told the Evening Post he was delighted.

He said: “The road is now a lot better. I have been telling them for years the same thing, that because the road is alongside Ince playing fields, it belongs to the education authority.

“I’m hoping it will make a difference now because people would come to look at the houses and turn away when they saw the road, no-one wanted to live there it was that bad.”

The 70-year-old had threatened to not pay his business rates or empty property rates as a result of the dispute.

He had complained earlier in the year that the council had been using the road for access for bin collections while it maintained the upkeep of the road was not its responsibility.

Mark Tilley, assistant director of infrastructure at Wigan Council said: “Ince Hall Avenue remains unadopted and there are no plans for this to change.

“That said, the road passes over some land owned by the council.

“And as a result, the council has some responsibilities for that section of the road so we arranged for the resurfacing to take place.”

Wigan’s road network is set to benefit from a £1m funding boost to fix pot-holes and bring surfaces up to standard, it was announced earlier this year.

The council has allocated £500k in its annual budget for road repair and has also received £350k from the Department for Transport for maintenance work as a result of adverse weather.