Self-help community fund is set to end pothole road nightmare

HOLE: Councillor Eric Bell and Sharon Reed inspect the pothole
HOLE: Councillor Eric Bell and Sharon Reed inspect the pothole
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A community is to fork out itself for repairs to a badly damaged road.

Factory Lane in Whittle-le-Woods has been at the centre of complaints for about ten years. Its deep pot holes have resulted in cars being damaged and cyclists falling. An online petition has been started calling for the road to be adopted by the County Council.

But Chorley borough ward councillor Eric Bell, who is also chairman of Whittle-le-Woods Parish Council, revealed this week that local folk are raising funds for repair work.

Councillor Bell said the work had been costed at £3,680. It is expected £2,000 would come from local companies and organisations close to Factory Lane, with the remainder donated by a local businessman.

Whittle and Clayton parish councils would also be asked to make contributions.

He said: “We’ve got all these complaints, so it’s up to us as a community to do something about it. We’re going to resurface it for about thirty metres over the worst bit.”

The petition was organised by the Cheeky Monkeys children’s play centre on nearby Kem Mill Lane. It has received almost 700 supporters.

It says: “Many road users who travel down Factory Lane, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley to visit Cuerden Valley Park, Cheeky Monkeys, Whittle-le-Woods Primary School and the allotments have been faced with dangerous road conditions with deep pot holes that over the years have damaged cars and caused cyclists to be knocked off their bikes.

“This hazardous road is used by hundreds and thousands of people every year, the local residents pay council tax and businesses pay business rates, therefore we want this road to be safe for everyone who uses it and want the council to adopt the road.