Pendle Council wants local control over potholes and pavements

Pendle Borough Council is to ask Lanashire County Council if maintenance of road and pavements can be brought back under the control of the borough.

Wednesday, 2nd September 2020, 3:45 pm
Potholes are currently repaired by Lancashire County Council

Back in March, Colne Conservative councillor Jonathan Nixon brought up the idea of Pendle Council being once more responsible for simple road and pavement maintenance instead of Lancashire County Council.

His idea was referred from Colne Area Committee to The Policy and Resources Committee, a politically balanced committee that makes some of the most important decisions that Pendle Council needs to make.

However, owing to COVID-19 there was a delay in bringing this item forward, which has only now been discussed with members voting unanimously to agree to write to LCC, putting forward this proposal and also asking for a virtual meeting.

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Coun. Jonathan Nixon

At the Policy and Resources Committee Coun. Nixon said: “Local councillors would make a better job of deciding where to spend the money. I sometimes feel we are forgotten about by those in Preston.

"I bet we could repair all the potholes, not just the ones that meet the required depth, as now. Colne’s full of tarmackers and tarmacking companies - there shouldn’t be any potholes."