Mud on road danger: nothing was done

Aldi. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Aldi. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

On Friday, March 13th, I telephoned Lancashire County Council to explain that the road surface adjacent to the construction site for the new Aldi premises was in a dangerous and slippy condition due to the excessive accumulation of mud and stones.

This, I explained, was caused as a result of the lorries driving on to the site where it was clear no hard surface had been put down and, as a consequence, lorries were depositing significant amounts of mud, stones and other debris on to the road surface from the site itself.

I was assured the matter would be looked into as a matter of urgency. I was told to expect a call later that day to explain what action had or would be taken. No such call was received and, when I drove past the site on Monday afternoon, the very same situation was apparent, i.e. the eight-wheel tipper lorries driving on to a wet and muddy site, then depositing debris on to the road surface.

It should be made clear that any damage or injury caused as a result of this debris on the highway, the fact that such potential danger has been pointed out to the local authority and they have manifestly failed to rectify the situation, or indeed, do anything about it, could have a bearing on any possible claim in damages against the highways authority. What one has to do to get the highways authority to look at a potentially dangerous situation is now beyond me.

Coun. Richard Bennett

Read and Simonstone Conservative Branch