I was recently contacted by a local resident in respect of the following:
“Could I please draw your attention to the number of potholes at the bottom of Old Pool Bank. These are located to the left as you approach the corner to go over the old railway bridge at the bottom. They are becoming very dangerous both in regard to damage to tyres but also because this is a blind corner and if you move out to the right to avoid them there is a danger of a collision with vehicles heading up the bank on the left who do not appreciate the problem. Also there are several potholes further up the bank that do need attention.”
I took this up with Highways and I have been chasing this for some time. I have now received the response below from the Operations Manager in Highway Maintenance which deals with both the overgrown bushes on the length of lower Old Pool Bank and the highway maintenance requirements:
“I met with Forestry again today and we have agreed to action the removal of all the self-seeded tree growth on the West/North West side of the road along the lower section of Old Pool Bank on the grounds that this is and has caused the highway retaining walls and the private field boundary walls to collapse in places.
This will look extreme as the growth is quite substantial in places and it is likely we will cause concern to passing motorists and local residents, however I don’t believe there is a feasible alternative.
I plan to undertake the works within an off peak Road Closure provisionally commencing the 13th April 2015 it is likely to last approximately 8 – 10 days. Within this closure I plan to undertake some carriageway patching works to the worst area near the bridge and a section just below the Bar House.”
I trust this keeps you up to date with matters that may affect you.
Cllr. Barry Anderson