‘Please improve damaged roads’ in Glusburn

Councillors have called for urgent repairs to be made to a “deteriorated” road surface in Glusburn.

County councillor Philip Barrett and parish member Patrick Hargreaves have criticised the state of a quarter-mile stretch of the A6068 between Hayfield Mill – occupied by Cirteq – and Glusburn Bridge.

Coun Barrett said: “The micro asphalt surface has broken up and come off in large areas, and has been deposited at the side of the road and all over the pavements. Ruts and hollows have appeared as the road continues to deteriorate.

“I’ve also received numerous complaints from residents who live near to it about noise nuisance caused by the uneven road surface from heavy goods vehicles that use this road day and night.”

Glusburn and Cross Hills Parish Council vice-chairman Councillor Hargreaves said: “Heavy freight trucks up to 44 tonnes have literally ripped up the road surface as they negotiate bends in the road.

“The PC has been told by the county council that in the present tight financial situation, there are no funds available for improvements and repairs. This doesn’t explain why this section of road has been allowed to deteriorate into its present appalling state, when maintenance to other parts of the highway had been undertaken before the cuts and are continuing elsewhere.

“It’s galling for us to see small improvements being made extensively to other parts of North Yorkshire’s highways, much of which we suspect is related to a certain forthcoming cycle race.

“While we welcome the attendant publicity and potential income for Yorkshire businesses through the coming of Le Tour, we feel like second-class citizens in our parish with our broken highway.”

Coun Barrett has been in talks with county highways since last summer to try to secure funding for repairs.

He added: “While I fully understand the unprecedented central government financial cuts facing the county council and the resultant diminishing budgets, I’m very concerned this road surface is now bordering on dangerous.”

A North Yorkshire County Council highways spokesman said: “The A6068 at Glusburn... does not yet meet the condition criteria associated with re-surfacing. The road condition data does acknowledge a decline in condition, and this stretch of road is likely to be a contender for funding in 2016/17, given no rapid failure in the interim.

“In terms of reactive maintenance, the county council will continue to keep the roads safe and will undertake periodic sweeping to remove loose debris from the road surface.”

The matter will be discussed when the Craven Area Committee meets today.

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