Half-surfaced Boscow Road in Little Lever will now be done properly after u-turn by authorities

The Bolton News: Boscow Road with the right-hand side left unrepaired Boscow Road with the right-hand side left unrepaired

POTHOLES on a street which was only half resurfaced will now be filled in — after a U-turn by authorities.

Only one side of Boscow Road in Little Lever was asphalted over by United Utilities following work to rebuild Wilson’s Bridge, which saw wagons travelling up and down the street during the nine-month project.

The resurfacing was done as part of an agreement UU made with Bolton Council to leave the road “in the same state they found it” when the £1.8million Wilson’s Bridge redevelopment scheme started last year.

But this led to fury from residents who complained that workmen had only done “half a job” by failing to resurface the side of the road which contains cracks and potholes.

Now, after revisiting the site, UU has agreed to repair some of the road’s remaining potholes.

A council spokesman said: “On further site inspection, United Utilities have agreed to repair some of the remaining potholes.

“If resurfacing work by United Utilities had been completed across the entire width of the road, the homes would have been at risk of surface water flooding due to the raised level of the highway and insufficient drainage.”

A United Utilities spokesman said: “After doing another site survey we have asked our contractor to repair some extra localised areas of pre-existing carriageway damage which are next to the reinstatement we have already done.”

Elaine Ingham, aged 64, said: “Filling in the potholes will benefit everybody but I don’t think that’s adequate.

“From my point of view, it won’t solve the problem of my driveway becoming a pool of water.

“The side of the road closest to our houses needs to be resurfaced.”

Peter Ingham, aged 67, said: “If they are just going to fill in the potholes as and when, then it’s a waste of money.

“It will help drivers but the same problems will keep coming back when it rains.

“The problem with resurfacing the whole road is there’s no drainage for the water.

“Putting a small kerb in would probably make that easier.”

Lesley Riley added: “If they’re filling in the potholes, that’s fine, but it’s really ridiculous that they only did half a job.

“The whole road needs doing.”

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9:08am Sun 1 Jun 14

oftbewildered2 says...

the headline states that Boscow Road will be 'done properly' - but the write up intimates only that potholes will be filled in. That is only surface dressing and it will look as bad as ever.
the headline states that Boscow Road will be 'done properly' - but the write up intimates only that potholes will be filled in. That is only surface dressing and it will look as bad as ever. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 5

9:15am Sun 1 Jun 14

breightmet kid says...

What does 'done properly' mean?

Pot hole filling or 'A' class road standards?

Do Bolton Council do anything 'properly?

One answer where they have succeeded is in closing Bolton town centre by selling off the Market Hall, well done Bolton Councillors. Also they have sold Breightmet Park for housing so the kids have nowhere to play.
What does 'done properly' mean? Pot hole filling or 'A' class road standards? Do Bolton Council do anything 'properly? One answer where they have succeeded is in closing Bolton town centre by selling off the Market Hall, well done Bolton Councillors. Also they have sold Breightmet Park for housing so the kids have nowhere to play. breightmet kid
  • Score: 3

9:58am Sun 1 Jun 14

louogden says...

thing is this is a private road an so the owner of the road should be responsible to do the extra work needed to stop the flooding surly> Yes UU should repair any damage done but the road owner should make sure proper drainage is there etc!
thing is this is a private road an so the owner of the road should be responsible to do the extra work needed to stop the flooding surly> Yes UU should repair any damage done but the road owner should make sure proper drainage is there etc! louogden
  • Score: 11

1:02pm Sun 1 Jun 14

wsw69 says...

Ludicrous ! As soon as some icy and frosty weather appears those potholes will be back to square one.

Boscow Road has never been a good road surface wise. They will **** foot around the issue which in the end will probably cost double doing the job 'right' in the first place.

Bolton Council and United Utilities are a joke beyond belief and have always been so.

The golden rule is don't live on a private or an unadopted road.
Ludicrous ! As soon as some icy and frosty weather appears those potholes will be back to square one. Boscow Road has never been a good road surface wise. They will **** foot around the issue which in the end will probably cost double doing the job 'right' in the first place. Bolton Council and United Utilities are a joke beyond belief and have always been so. The golden rule is don't live on a private or an unadopted road. wsw69
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2:00pm Sun 1 Jun 14

allan111111 says...

Just drive on the good side lol
Just drive on the good side lol allan111111
  • Score: 10

4:35pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Rememberscarborough says...

If United utilities are willing to repair private property I've got some decking that needs sorting...
If United utilities are willing to repair private property I've got some decking that needs sorting... Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 8

10:05pm Sun 1 Jun 14

I, Ludicrous says...

louogden wrote:
thing is this is a private road an so the owner of the road should be responsible to do the extra work needed to stop the flooding surly> Yes UU should repair any damage done but the road owner should make sure proper drainage is there etc!
Absolutely spot-knacker on. If you choose to live on a private, un-adopted road, then don't expect me to pick up the tab of filling in your potholes any more than I'd expect you to pick up the tab for me redecorating the back bedroom. You were made aware of your liabilities when you bought your property.
[quote][p][bold]louogden[/bold] wrote: thing is this is a private road an so the owner of the road should be responsible to do the extra work needed to stop the flooding surly> Yes UU should repair any damage done but the road owner should make sure proper drainage is there etc![/p][/quote]Absolutely spot-knacker on. If you choose to live on a private, un-adopted road, then don't expect me to pick up the tab of filling in your potholes any more than I'd expect you to pick up the tab for me redecorating the back bedroom. You were made aware of your liabilities when you bought your property. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 6

9:59am Mon 2 Jun 14

HOOSIER says...

Rememberscarborough wrote:
If United utilities are willing to repair private property I've got some decking that needs sorting...
Have united utilities been driving 20 ton trucks up and down your decking for months lol.
[quote][p][bold]Rememberscarborough[/bold] wrote: If United utilities are willing to repair private property I've got some decking that needs sorting...[/p][/quote]Have united utilities been driving 20 ton trucks up and down your decking for months lol. HOOSIER
  • Score: 0

10:11am Mon 2 Jun 14

HOOSIER says...

I, Ludicrous wrote:
louogden wrote:
thing is this is a private road an so the owner of the road should be responsible to do the extra work needed to stop the flooding surly> Yes UU should repair any damage done but the road owner should make sure proper drainage is there etc!
Absolutely spot-knacker on. If you choose to live on a private, un-adopted road, then don't expect me to pick up the tab of filling in your potholes any more than I'd expect you to pick up the tab for me redecorating the back bedroom. You were made aware of your liabilities when you bought your property.
If it's a private road /unadopted then the residents should have had an agreement with uu not the council and uu
[quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]louogden[/bold] wrote: thing is this is a private road an so the owner of the road should be responsible to do the extra work needed to stop the flooding surly> Yes UU should repair any damage done but the road owner should make sure proper drainage is there etc![/p][/quote]Absolutely spot-knacker on. If you choose to live on a private, un-adopted road, then don't expect me to pick up the tab of filling in your potholes any more than I'd expect you to pick up the tab for me redecorating the back bedroom. You were made aware of your liabilities when you bought your property.[/p][/quote]If it's a private road /unadopted then the residents should have had an agreement with uu not the council and uu HOOSIER
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10:24am Mon 2 Jun 14

HOOSIER says...

The thing that I cant stop laughing at is the poorest excuse ever used "we cant re-surface that side as the houses will flood" I work on highways all over th n/west the paving machine has controls on it to put cambers into the rd most roads have a "crown"so water goes to the kerb and then to the gullys. Some roads have a camber so water runs to the side that does have gullys where there are only gullys on one side of the rd. In other words they can lay the rd so water runs away from the houses.
The thing that I cant stop laughing at is the poorest excuse ever used "we cant re-surface that side as the houses will flood" I work on highways all over th n/west the paving machine has controls on it to put cambers into the rd most roads have a "crown"so water goes to the kerb and then to the gullys. Some roads have a camber so water runs to the side that does have gullys where there are only gullys on one side of the rd. In other words they can lay the rd so water runs away from the houses. HOOSIER
  • Score: 1

1:15pm Mon 2 Jun 14

FrusteratedCowYed says...

HOOSIER wrote:
The thing that I cant stop laughing at is the poorest excuse ever used "we cant re-surface that side as the houses will flood" I work on highways all over th n/west the paving machine has controls on it to put cambers into the rd most roads have a "crown"so water goes to the kerb and then to the gullys. Some roads have a camber so water runs to the side that does have gullys where there are only gullys on one side of the rd. In other words they can lay the rd so water runs away from the houses.
What does your amazing paving machine do when there are no gullies as in this case. Does it just make the water disappear?
[quote][p][bold]HOOSIER[/bold] wrote: The thing that I cant stop laughing at is the poorest excuse ever used "we cant re-surface that side as the houses will flood" I work on highways all over th n/west the paving machine has controls on it to put cambers into the rd most roads have a "crown"so water goes to the kerb and then to the gullys. Some roads have a camber so water runs to the side that does have gullys where there are only gullys on one side of the rd. In other words they can lay the rd so water runs away from the houses.[/p][/quote]What does your amazing paving machine do when there are no gullies as in this case. Does it just make the water disappear? FrusteratedCowYed
  • Score: 3

7:46am Wed 4 Jun 14

HOOSIER says...

FrusteratedCowYed wrote:
HOOSIER wrote:
The thing that I cant stop laughing at is the poorest excuse ever used "we cant re-surface that side as the houses will flood" I work on highways all over th n/west the paving machine has controls on it to put cambers into the rd most roads have a "crown"so water goes to the kerb and then to the gullys. Some roads have a camber so water runs to the side that does have gullys where there are only gullys on one side of the rd. In other words they can lay the rd so water runs away from the houses.
What does your amazing paving machine do when there are no gullies as in this case. Does it just make the water disappear?
1. Its not my machine. 2. I dont understand how it all works as im involved in preparation.
If there are no gullys then it woul probably run to ground to soak away. I will ask the gang leader later.
[quote][p][bold]FrusteratedCowYed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HOOSIER[/bold] wrote: The thing that I cant stop laughing at is the poorest excuse ever used "we cant re-surface that side as the houses will flood" I work on highways all over th n/west the paving machine has controls on it to put cambers into the rd most roads have a "crown"so water goes to the kerb and then to the gullys. Some roads have a camber so water runs to the side that does have gullys where there are only gullys on one side of the rd. In other words they can lay the rd so water runs away from the houses.[/p][/quote]What does your amazing paving machine do when there are no gullies as in this case. Does it just make the water disappear?[/p][/quote]1. Its not my machine. 2. I dont understand how it all works as im involved in preparation. If there are no gullys then it woul probably run to ground to soak away. I will ask the gang leader later. HOOSIER
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