'Priority' pledge on Blackburn potholes

HOUSEHOLDERS in East Park Avenue, Blackburn, have failed in a bid to get their road resurfaced — but have been promised keeping it in good repair will be a council priority.

A total of 16 residents of the street petitioned the borough over the state of the road surface through a letter sent to the town’s MP Jack Straw.

They complained of loose flags and potholes on the pavements, the road surface being an eyesore and large volumes of traffic to the nearby St Mary’s College on Shear Brown parking straddling the kerbs and footpaths.

The petitioners added that thee elderly residents had tripped and fallen on the uneven surfaces in recent months with one needing hospital treatment.

Blackburn with Darwen borough’s executive board considered the petition and a report from highways officials at the end of last week.

But the members decided that the condition of the carriageway and pavements was not severe enough for a complete resurfacing.

The board also resolved that increasing the use of public transport by staff and students at the college was a priority to minimise further damage in the future.

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