Westhoughton pavement cracked just 12 months after £24,000 repairs

The Bolton News: The block paving section of the road outside the town hall in Market Street, Westhoughton The block paving section of the road outside the town hall in Market Street, Westhoughton

A STREET — revamped just 12 months ago at a cost of £24,000 — is already in need of repair.

Sections of block paving in Market Street, Westhoughton, relaid as part of a six-week project last year, have started to come loose at the junction of Marsden Street and outside Westhoughton Town Hall.

A town councillor has criticised the decision to use block paving originally, labelling it “short-termism” and the “cheap” option.

Bolton Council insists block paving is an “acceptable” engineering tool for sites such as Market Street but conceded signs of deterioration were present.

Meanwhile Cllr David Chadwick, borough councillor for Westhoughton South, said no road surface is “fool-proof” and it would be inappropriate to comment on block paving until the severity of the repairs needed is known.

Cllr David Wilkinson, for Hoskers and Hart Common, said: “A lot of time and effort was spent last year and they have ended up with something that has lasted a few months. It has fallen apart.

“Last year we had the problem of impact on businesses in the town centre and we could get that all again now.”

Bolton Council said block paving was used to blend in with the area but admitted it did keep costs down.

A council spokesman said: “We will be investigating what has happened to establish what work will need to be carried out and when this can be programmed in.”

Speed humps were relaid and block paving replaced in March and April last year, work which led to road closures during the day. The project was funded by Bolton Council’s regeneration fund.

Cllr David Chadwick, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I have not got any issue with block paving.

“I think it is more aesthetically pleasing than asphalt. One of the things we don’t want is to have something that detracts from the character of our main street.

“Until we know how significant the problem is, it is wrong to speculate what should be done now.”

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11:44am Tue 29 Apr 14

Beyond News Forum says...

If £4-million plus cannot keep pavements cracking on that stupid bridge on Newport Street from cracking I doubt £24k will be any better workmanship.

Cheap inferior products pure and simple. Just like Tarmac - reduced quality crap to keep the business turning over year after year. Not all the public is blagged by Capitalist Vulturism,
If £4-million plus cannot keep pavements cracking on that stupid bridge on Newport Street from cracking I doubt £24k will be any better workmanship. Cheap inferior products pure and simple. Just like Tarmac - reduced quality crap to keep the business turning over year after year. Not all the public is blagged by Capitalist Vulturism, Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 6

11:47am Tue 29 Apr 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Oops double wording in a sentence. And why can I not use 'BUT' at the beginning of a sentence... or 'AND or a pause "..." or go for a "!"???? LOLZ
Oops double wording in a sentence. And why can I not use 'BUT' at the beginning of a sentence... or 'AND or a pause "..." or go for a "!"???? LOLZ Beyond News Forum
  • Score: -5

12:24pm Tue 29 Apr 14

LordLeverhulme says...

They just spend 3 weeks re-block paving a small section of the town hall square. A bigger mess I have never seen in my life. Cement everywhere.
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Awful.
They just spend 3 weeks re-block paving a small section of the town hall square. A bigger mess I have never seen in my life. Cement everywhere. . Awful. LordLeverhulme
  • Score: 8

12:41pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Home is where the heart is says...

Hardly surprising considering the weather conditions these past two years.The ground is saturated and settlement occurs when it eventually drys out.Ground workers are on a hiding to nothing if you ask me,and no,i'm not a ground worker but i do work outdoors so kind of understand why these problems crop up.
Hardly surprising considering the weather conditions these past two years.The ground is saturated and settlement occurs when it eventually drys out.Ground workers are on a hiding to nothing if you ask me,and no,i'm not a ground worker but i do work outdoors so kind of understand why these problems crop up. Home is where the heart is
  • Score: 5

2:11pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

Any more cowboy builders there will be naming the town TOMBSTONE.
Any more cowboy builders there will be naming the town TOMBSTONE. Jim271
  • Score: 2

2:18pm Tue 29 Apr 14

I, Ludicrous says...

It's OK. They'll have the cowboys that did it on CCTV. DOH!!!
It's OK. They'll have the cowboys that did it on CCTV. DOH!!! I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 6

3:38pm Tue 29 Apr 14

soup153 says...

No worries next month it will be the last councils **** up.
No worries next month it will be the last councils **** up. soup153
  • Score: 2

4:18pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

They Just Sweep Dry Sand In The Gullies Between The Brick, The Rain Just Washes All The Sand Away. This Type Of Crazing Paving Is Ridicules, Then The Council Vehicles Drive Over And Frack It Up.
They Just Sweep Dry Sand In The Gullies Between The Brick, The Rain Just Washes All The Sand Away. This Type Of Crazing Paving Is Ridicules, Then The Council Vehicles Drive Over And Frack It Up. Gore Seer
  • Score: -2

4:49pm Tue 29 Apr 14

hayes85 says...

oh well will just look like all the rest of the roads around Blton an absolute disgrace
oh well will just look like all the rest of the roads around Blton an absolute disgrace hayes85
  • Score: 3

6:12pm Tue 29 Apr 14

atlas123 says...

Bolton are by far the best council... Bury and Wigan do many things better....

Bolton's Roads are Better than Bury's in particular - no Bolton's are not great, but better yes.

British weather is difficult to build and spec road surfaces for.



Block paving can be as durable as anything else, the bus station was block paved at one point wasnt it and thats a pretty hars environment for the road surface?
Bolton are by far the best council... Bury and Wigan do many things better.... Bolton's Roads are Better than Bury's in particular - no Bolton's are not great, but better yes. British weather is difficult to build and spec road surfaces for. Block paving can be as durable as anything else, the bus station was block paved at one point wasnt it and thats a pretty hars environment for the road surface? atlas123
  • Score: -20

7:09am Wed 30 Apr 14

notgonehome says...

Bring back the old cobbles the ones near my place have never moved in the 55 years I have lived near them
Bring back the old cobbles the ones near my place have never moved in the 55 years I have lived near them notgonehome
  • Score: 3

9:18am Wed 30 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

The Old Cobbles Were For Horse And Cart, Proper Three By Two Flags Do The Best Job, Parking On The Pavement As Balls The Pavement, And Letting Cable Rip The Streets And This Stupid Brick Paving, Have A Look By The Old Woolies, Look At The Ground Round Town In The Rain, Fracking Swimming Pools, Our Glorious Town, Ho Yes And That Rat Holding The St Georges Flag.
The Old Cobbles Were For Horse And Cart, Proper Three By Two Flags Do The Best Job, Parking On The Pavement As Balls The Pavement, And Letting Cable Rip The Streets And This Stupid Brick Paving, Have A Look By The Old Woolies, Look At The Ground Round Town In The Rain, Fracking Swimming Pools, Our Glorious Town, Ho Yes And That Rat Holding The St Georges Flag. Gore Seer
  • Score: 0

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