Local Labour councillors hail success after securing £45,000 to upgrade public footpath 216 in Butt Lane. The footpath is accessed from West Avenue and runs behind the houses of Church Street, finally exiting onto Congleton Road adjacent to St. Saviours Primary School. The improvement works will be funded by a Public Right of Way contribution from Taylor Wimpey. Taylor Wimpey’s contribution was secured through a section 106 agreement with Newcastle Borough Council.
It is understood that the works will be completed by contractors appointed by Staffordshire County Council and not housing developer, Taylor Wimpey. The contractor will begin work on the surfacing of the footpath on Monday 16th January. The path will be temporarily closed for the duration of the works. Residents are politely asked to use other routes until the works are completed.
Councillor Kyle Robinson said: “I welcome the news that this footpath will finally be brought up to a decent standard. Back in 2013, Sylvia and I raised the alarm about the state the public footpath had been left in following the development of Bluebell Croft. The footpath in question has been used for many years by local residents as a safer route to school and for recreational purposes. I am pleased we have been listened to on this matter and finally this 106 agreement will deliver for local people. It’s about time our local area gets the investment it deserves and we will fight for more.”
Councillor Sylvia Dymond added: “Many residents have been calling for an improvement to the footpath, including those that have moved onto the new estate. Local people have endured two years of problems with fencing, building work and a muddy overgrown footpath so this news is well received. At last we have a safer route for everyone to reach the local school, shops and to just enjoy a walk.”
Labours County Council candidate for the Talke and Red Street ward has pledged more action to tackle potholes that blight local roads. Councillor John Taylor has this week set up a Pothole Patrol for Butt Lane, Talke and Red Street to ensure more people are reporting problems with local roads.
John said: “Our roads are in a shocking state of disrepair and we need some action to improve the situation. The local Pothole Patrol has been set up to make it easier for residents to report bad road surfaces to the council or their councillors”.
“It’s important that your representatives are taking the fight to Staffordshire County Council and demanding that more cash is spent on road maintenance. We are regularly promised more will be spent each year to sort out our decaying roads but so far we aren’t seeing any difference. I will push the County Council to spend your money better and look at the whole way in which maintenance is carried out”.
Using www.fixmystreet.com you can report potholes anonymously using an online map. This facility then notifies the local council and informs them that a complaint has been made. The council responsible then has a period of time to fix the pothole before the complainant is given another opportunity via email to update whether the council has fixed the problem. Fix My Street has been very successful and local councillors encourage the public to use this online tool.
Labour Councillors are also encouraging people to contact them to report potholes and road maintenance issues. The Pothole Patrol structure will ensure everything reported will be logged and followed up if repairs are not carried out.
You can call:
Butt Lane, Talke and Chesterton – John Taylor 01782 786227
Butt Lane – Kyle Robinson 07837905443 (or send a text)
Butt Lane – Sylvia Burgess 07906 337215 (or send a text)
Talke and Talke Pits – Dave Allport 07870 650248 (or send a text)
Talke and Talke Pits – Mike Stubbs 07500 091504 (or send a text)
Chesterton – Eddie Boden 01782 722248
Chesterton – Hilda Johnson 07598 118208 (or send a text)
Chesterton – Sandra Simpson 01782 564483
To contact Staffordshire Highways direct you can contact them using the methods listed below:
By working together we can ensure our roads are maintained to a high standard and at a standard we deserve!