Anger as wait goes on for road improvements

Road conditions in Elsdon Avenue, Seaton Deleval.
Road conditions in Elsdon Avenue, Seaton Deleval.

ANGRY residents are calling on Northumberland County Council to bring forward planned road improvements in Seaton Delaval.

A petition has been launched by Stephen Stanners after work lined up to improve the condition of the road surface in Elsdon Avenue didn’t materialise.

The state of the road was first raised in 2009, but it wasn’t until a year later that work started.

However, to the dismay of residents, they claim that only around six metres of road was improved, with the rest being left as it was.

Stephen, 20, said: “This road is a main bus route, has numerous shops on it and has the only high school in Seaton Valley, so we get hundreds of cars going through it every day.

“Why should council tax-paying residents of Seaton Delaval have to put up with this patchwork mess?”

The sales assistant says he is forced to take a longer route to work to spare his Ford Ka’s suspension from the bumps in the road.

He has circulated a petition around nearby shops ready to be passed on to the council.

The council says plans to improve the road are already in hand and should get under way this spring.

Steve Bucknall, the authority’s area highways manager for south east Northumberland, said “The deterioration of Elsdon Avenue was identified as a priority over a year ago, and a bid for £100,000 of funding was subsequently approved by the council.

“Unfortunately, it was found that a full reconstruction of the carriageway was necessary, which reduced the overall length that could be treated within the available budget.

“The total length of reconstruction amounted to 113 metres. Additionally, two junctions were also resurfaced.

“A further capital allocation of £80,000 has been approved for next financial year, and works are programmed to start in April or May.

“Officers will visit the site shortly to determine the extent of these works and will again focus on the worst areas.

“In the meantime, the council will endeavour to keep the carriageway in a safe state of repair by regularly filling any potholes which may appear due to the recent spell of severe weather.”