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Councillor: Darwen road chaos not our fault
4:00pm Thursday 13th September 2012 in News
A DARWEN councillor says he is ‘tired’ of people criticising the borough council for the timing of roadworks in the town.
Work to widen the bridge at the bottom of Lower Eccleshill Road started at the same time as the National Grid began digging up the main road to replace the gas main.
And people have criticised the council for allowing the works to go ahead simultaneously, causing tailbacks.
But at this week’s meeting of Darwen Town Council, Sunnyhurst councillor Dave Smith said there was nothing the council could do.
He said: “Utility companies like the National Grid can come in and start work without any notice to the council. In this case, I think they gave us half an hour.
“I am sick of people having a go at the council over this. It was nothing to do with us.
“It was particularly annoying as we had just had that road resurfaced and they came along and dug it all up.”
Coun Smith’s Sunnyhurst colleague Coun Brian Taylor added: “They had already started digging in at Lower Eccleshill Road when National Grid turned up on the main road, so there was nothing we could do.”
The temporary traffic lights are due to be removed on Friday, September 28.