Darcy Lever pothole hell may end if new cycle route goes ahead

The Bolton News: Neil Bourn, front, with residents, and the potholes in Lower Darcy Street Neil Bourn, front, with residents, and the potholes in Lower Darcy Street

A NEW cycleway could pave the way for repairs on a potholed road.

Potholes in Lower Darcy Street, Darcy Lever, are dangerous and causing total chaos according to residents. However, the road is unadopted, meaning Bolton Council is not obliged to carry out repairs.

The council has vowed to fix the road, but only if plans for a new cycleway are approved.

The road is a direct access point for five other streets — Back Higher Darcy Street, Clayton Avenue, Clayton Street, Higher Darcy Street and Leaf Street.

John Connor, aged 69, of Higher Darcy Street, said: “If people drive along Lower Darcy Street, it’s total chaos — coming back at night is horrendous.

“This neighbourhood is a forgotten zone. Why can’t we have Lower Darcy Street adopted? There doesn’t seem to be much regard for community safety.”

Neil Bourn, aged 45, of Clayton Avenue, claimed the potholes caused between £600 and £700 worth of damage to the suspension of his car.

He said: “This road has been an issue for years. When you drive down this street, you’ve got to almost grind to a halt to get past these potholes.

“We want the council to come and fix the road, but if they then build a big cycleway over it, it will just make things worse, particularly for the people who live there.”

Alan Gaskell, aged 66, of Clayton Street, said: “It’s very dangerous. Some of these potholes are lethal.” http://

The Bolton East Cycle Way will run from Gorses Road, along the New House Farm playing fields in Breightmet down to the old railway line, along the Bury boundary and inside green belt land.

The path, which was approved this month, will be shared by pedestrians and cyclists, with the council also looking to create link sections in Harpford Drive, Harpford Close and Willand Drive.

A second application is due in the summer, which, if approved would take the route over the Darcy Lever viaduct and back to Gorses Road.

A council spokesman said: “As we are looking to put in a cycleway over a section of Lower Darcy Street, we will be looking to repair the whole length of the road.

“The cycleway is subject to planning approval and the planning application is due to be submitted in the summer.

“If it is approved, work would be likely to take place later in the year on repairing the road.”

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11:07am Wed 12 Feb 14

soup153 says...

Looks well when you have to fiddle the figures to get a decent road. Makes you think where all the fuel tax goes.
Looks well when you have to fiddle the figures to get a decent road. Makes you think where all the fuel tax goes. soup153
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12:01pm Wed 12 Feb 14

dolly21bolton says...

" may" and "if" are the words that concern me
" may" and "if" are the words that concern me dolly21bolton
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12:58pm Wed 12 Feb 14

paulrich says...

As usual, BN has omitted the crucial point which they were informed about on Saturday at the photoshoot.

This is a letter (so far unpublished) which I sent them following the first article.

Dear Sir,

Your online article on Monday's Little Lever and Darcy Lever Forum highlighted the frustration of nearby residents at the disgusting and dangerous state of Lower Darcy St - this being caused mainly by the passage of bin lorries.

Councillor Connell pointed out that the street was 'unadopted' and its maintenance was thus the responsibility of the residents of that street.
Unfortunately there are no houses on that street or residents to accept that responsibility.

Councillor Connell further stated that the road couldn't be adopted until it was brought up to an acceptable standard. He suggested that aggrieved residents should enquire as to the ownership of the land on which the street lies.

I did just that on behalf of the residents.

Guess who owns it. Yes - you're right - Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council.

Paul Richardson
24 Ripon Close
Little Lever
As usual, BN has omitted the crucial point which they were informed about on Saturday at the photoshoot. This is a letter (so far unpublished) which I sent them following the first article. Dear Sir, Your online article on Monday's Little Lever and Darcy Lever Forum highlighted the frustration of nearby residents at the disgusting and dangerous state of Lower Darcy St - this being caused mainly by the passage of bin lorries. Councillor Connell pointed out that the street was 'unadopted' and its maintenance was thus the responsibility of the residents of that street. Unfortunately there are no houses on that street or residents to accept that responsibility. Councillor Connell further stated that the road couldn't be adopted until it was brought up to an acceptable standard. He suggested that aggrieved residents should enquire as to the ownership of the land on which the street lies. I did just that on behalf of the residents. Guess who owns it. Yes - you're right - Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council. Paul Richardson 24 Ripon Close Little Lever paulrich
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6:33pm Wed 12 Feb 14

miroku says...

" The road is unadopted, meaning Bolton Council is not obliged to carry out repairs."
Bolton Council won't mend the roads they ARE obliged to repair.
" The road is unadopted, meaning Bolton Council is not obliged to carry out repairs." Bolton Council won't mend the roads they ARE obliged to repair. miroku
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