Residents’ joy estate is ‘like new’ after road resurfacing work

Repairs: Whitendale Drive, Bamber Bridge. Inset: Coun Barrie Yates
Repairs: Whitendale Drive, Bamber Bridge. Inset: Coun Barrie Yates
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Residents are celebrating after their pot-hole riddled estate was given a new lease of life.

After months of campaigning, Lancashire County Council decided to act and has resurfaced the roads and footpaths on the estate off Mounsey Road, Bamber Bridge, which takes in Whitendale Drive, Langdale Crescent and Stockdale Crescent.

The highways team have used a new micro-asphalt technique aimed at extending the life of the carriageway.

County Coun Barrie Yates, who pushed for the work on behalf of locals, said: “It looks like a new estate, everyone’s really pleased and they’ve been coming out saying what a difference it’s made.

“Before it was all big pot holes and ruts and I promised the residents that I’d get something done about it.

“It’s important too because we need to make sure that the roads fit in with the new housing development that will be going on nearby at the site of Wesley Street Mill.

“We don’t want people on this existing estate feeling like the poor relations when this comes along with new roads.”

Paul Dunne, highways manager at Lancashire County Council, said: “As part of our new approach and the transport asset management plan we have identified areas where intervening early can extend the life of the road network.

“Micro-asphalt is a low-cost solution that will extend the life of the carriageways for many years, preventing roads becoming potholed and requiring more expensive treatments.

“We would like to thank the residents of Bamber Bridge, where this technique has been carried out, for their patience.

“When the material is first laid, it needs sweeping due to loose chippings and it can look unsightly at first.

“However, all the after-care measures have now been completed and we are glad that residents appreciate the work.”

The council declined to comment on how much the work cost.