Residents baffled as workmen resurface only half of Little Lever road

Residents baffled as workmen resurface only half of road

Les Riley, left, and Peter Ingham in Boscow Road, which has been only half resurfaced.

Boscow Road in Little Lever, where one side has been resurfaced and the other side has been left in a state of disrepair.

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RESIDENTS have been left dumbfounded — after workmen resurfaced only one half of their road.

Half of Boscow Road in Little Lever was resurfaced by United Utilities after the rebuilding of 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 United Utilities made with Bolton Council to leave the road “in the same state they found it” when the £1.8 million Wilson’s Bridge redevelopment scheme started last year.

Both the council and United Utilities say they are satisfied the road has been reinstated to the same condition it was in prior to the bridge works.

But residents in Boscow Road are furious that workmen have done “half a job” — leaving one side of the road strewn with cracks and potholes.

They say the road is now uneven and that, when it rains, the street is “like a swimming pool”.

Irene Mcnamara said: “We are absolutely disgusted. The road by my house is breaking away and it’s going to get even worse when it starts raining.

“Heavy goods vehicles drive over the untouched side of the road all the time and it’s difficult to drive on because it’s so bumpy.

“The workers have covered up some potholes, but they’ve not done anything for me or my neighbours. It just doesn’t seem fair.”


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Elaine Ingham said: “It’s just ridiculous. United Utilities have left pothole after pothole on this street. Why have they re-done the opposite side of the road and left the side leading to our houses?

“We’ve got no drainage on our side of the street so, when it rains, it looks like a swimming pool. I feel completely let down — we all do.”

Mrs Ingham’s neighbour, Lesley Riley, said: “Our side of the road is paltry. It looks awful. If you resurface one side of the street, you should do the other. It’s a disgrace.”

A council spokesman said: “The agreement with United Utilities was that once the bridge works were complete, they would reinstate the road to the same condition it was in before the work began, which they have done.”

A United Utilities spokesman said: “We have been liaising with Bolton Council's highways department over how best to reinstate Boscow Road following our project at Wilson’s Bridge so that the road is in at least as good a condition as it was before we started work.

“The work has been done according to that agreement.”

The bridge, which runs over the River Croal in Kearsley, was rebuilt by United Utilities after the old structure was declared unstable in 2008.

The bridge, between Farnworth, Kearsley and Little Lever, was re-opened by Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi earlier this month.

Cllr Paul Richardson, for Little Lever and Darcy Lever, said: “Boscow Road is like a dirt track and it’s a danger to vehicles. Wilson’s Bridge is a superb attraction, but it hinges on Boscow Road.

“Something should be done about the road — it’s just a case of finding the money to do it.”

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6:47am Thu 29 May 14

breightmet kid says...

Perhaps council officials only had one eye open when they made the re-surfacing agreement with United Utilities. Bolton Council gets dafter by the minute,

Perhaps residents of Boscow Road should now pay only half of their Council Tax demand.
Perhaps council officials only had one eye open when they made the re-surfacing agreement with United Utilities. Bolton Council gets dafter by the minute, Perhaps residents of Boscow Road should now pay only half of their Council Tax demand. breightmet kid
  • Score: 24

7:14am Thu 29 May 14

127001 says...

The road looks half baked.

The level of stupidity here is on another level! I hope they get it sorted.
The road looks half baked. The level of stupidity here is on another level! I hope they get it sorted. 127001
  • Score: 16

7:29am Thu 29 May 14

Regulatory Man says...

Jobsworths, Pedantic and cost cutting - Nothing more from United Utilities is what I think after looking at that picture. As for Bolton Council to come out and inspect that and then agreeing it's satisfactory only goes to show the level of incompetence and disrespect for the people of Boscow Road that they clearly have.

I don't live there or anywhere near it to be fair but anyone with eyesight can see what a stupid and disgraceful half a job that is.

Do they not realise the cost to tax payers/United Utilities/Council every time that has to be re-done? Why not simply combine resource and do the whole road and do it right?

But NO that's too difficult for them isn't it and is typical of the many roads left half done like this all over the UK.

It's about time these people were held accountable for their mismanagement as that is all this is.

You should be ASHAMED Bolton/United Utilities.
Jobsworths, Pedantic and cost cutting - Nothing more from United Utilities is what I think after looking at that picture. As for Bolton Council to come out and inspect that and then agreeing it's satisfactory only goes to show the level of incompetence and disrespect for the people of Boscow Road that they clearly have. I don't live there or anywhere near it to be fair but anyone with eyesight can see what a stupid and disgraceful half a job that is. Do they not realise the cost to tax payers/United Utilities/Council every time that has to be re-done? Why not simply combine resource and do the whole road and do it right? But NO that's too difficult for them isn't it and is typical of the many roads left half done like this all over the UK. It's about time these people were held accountable for their mismanagement as that is all this is. You should be ASHAMED Bolton/United Utilities. Regulatory Man
  • Score: 6

7:46am Thu 29 May 14

TDK123 says...

Why should uu pay to redo all of the road? It is not their road.they should put it back to as it was , and they have.Not their job to fix the potholes that were already there was it !!
Why should uu pay to redo all of the road? It is not their road.they should put it back to as it was , and they have.Not their job to fix the potholes that were already there was it !! TDK123
  • Score: 15

8:19am Thu 29 May 14

Menhed says...

Expect the cost of claims for car damage due to the potholes to also drain the council of funds.

Can't blame UU for negotiating to their benefit. Pity the council haven't anyone as capable.
Expect the cost of claims for car damage due to the potholes to also drain the council of funds. Can't blame UU for negotiating to their benefit. Pity the council haven't anyone as capable. Menhed
  • Score: -11

8:23am Thu 29 May 14

Regulatory Man says...

TDK123 wrote:
Why should uu pay to redo all of the road? It is not their road.they should put it back to as it was , and they have.Not their job to fix the potholes that were already there was it !!
Doh! Think about it. You think it's acceptable to waste taxpayers money re-doing it which inevitably will happen, when they and Bolton Council could have done it right first time now.
[quote][p][bold]TDK123[/bold] wrote: Why should uu pay to redo all of the road? It is not their road.they should put it back to as it was , and they have.Not their job to fix the potholes that were already there was it !![/p][/quote]Doh! Think about it. You think it's acceptable to waste taxpayers money re-doing it which inevitably will happen, when they and Bolton Council could have done it right first time now. Regulatory Man
  • Score: -19

8:37am Thu 29 May 14

itsnotthatbad says...

The travellers that have just left couldve done a better job than this....
The travellers that have just left couldve done a better job than this.... itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 35

8:38am Thu 29 May 14

Older Boltonian says...

Surely one of our many UKIP trolls is going to make some link between the new bridge opening and the 'need' for us all to see things their way? Hmm, I see their collectives brains superheating already at the task.
Surely one of our many UKIP trolls is going to make some link between the new bridge opening and the 'need' for us all to see things their way? Hmm, I see their collectives brains superheating already at the task. Older Boltonian
  • Score: -34

8:44am Thu 29 May 14

stereo_world says...

Pathetic. The amount we have to suffer with council cutbacks and they pay us back with **** like this?
Pathetic. The amount we have to suffer with council cutbacks and they pay us back with **** like this? stereo_world
  • Score: -18

9:48am Thu 29 May 14

lv8151 says...

Older Boltonian wrote:
Surely one of our many UKIP trolls is going to make some link between the new bridge opening and the 'need' for us all to see things their way? Hmm, I see their collectives brains superheating already at the task.
now that would be just plain stupid !!!!!!!!! just like your comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Older Boltonian[/bold] wrote: Surely one of our many UKIP trolls is going to make some link between the new bridge opening and the 'need' for us all to see things their way? Hmm, I see their collectives brains superheating already at the task.[/p][/quote]now that would be just plain stupid !!!!!!!!! just like your comment!!!!!!!!!!!!! lv8151
  • Score: 45

9:52am Thu 29 May 14

NHLUFC says...

So much misinformation here. A quick look on the councils website shows that this is a private road adopted to ancient highway standards and so there is no responsibility on them to spend anything on it. It was always unsurfaced and potholed and so this is a huge improvement on how it was. I live on an unadopted road and the neighbours get off their backsides to keep it clean and safe.
So much misinformation here. A quick look on the councils website shows that this is a private road adopted to ancient highway standards and so there is no responsibility on them to spend anything on it. It was always unsurfaced and potholed and so this is a huge improvement on how it was. I live on an unadopted road and the neighbours get off their backsides to keep it clean and safe. NHLUFC
  • Score: 56

10:26am Thu 29 May 14

Sexybum123 says...

This road as always been like the side with no Tarmac has it's classed as un adopted in fact it was worse than it is now
This road as always been like the side with no Tarmac has it's classed as un adopted in fact it was worse than it is now Sexybum123
  • Score: 43

10:29am Thu 29 May 14

lv8151 says...

Sexybum123 wrote:
This road as always been like the side with no Tarmac has it's classed as un adopted in fact it was worse than it is now
very true .... a quick look and fly down on google maps proves your 100% right .... it is in better nick now than before the work started
[quote][p][bold]Sexybum123[/bold] wrote: This road as always been like the side with no Tarmac has it's classed as un adopted in fact it was worse than it is now[/p][/quote]very true .... a quick look and fly down on google maps proves your 100% right .... it is in better nick now than before the work started lv8151
  • Score: 35

10:57am Thu 29 May 14

wsw69 says...

What does one expect from a half-baked council and an equally half-baked greedy private enterprise? Neither are fit for purpose and this just proves it.

Pay half your council tax and half your rip-off water rates.

UU MUST see to shareholders first and f**k everyone else.

Two incompetent outfits run by sheer buffoons
What does one expect from a half-baked council and an equally half-baked greedy private enterprise? Neither are fit for purpose and this just proves it. Pay half your council tax and half your rip-off water rates. UU MUST see to shareholders first and f**k everyone else. Two incompetent outfits run by sheer buffoons wsw69
  • Score: 26

11:03am Thu 29 May 14

xlr82go says...

Disgusting state of affairs. It's obvious that if United Utilities only dug up half the road, they would only resurface that half of the road. The council should have stumped up some money and asked them to resurface the whole road or just got their contractors to do it and charged United Utilities for half! Classic case of two organizations covering their own backs, whilst making a total mess of things, in the name of balancing the books. Any repair job will now be more expensive... I hope enough people protest about this because there are not enough residents (i.e. insignificant numbers of people) to make a difference if they have to stand alone. Let's hope they don't have to start a petition in Victoria Square to get a road outside their house! If it's not a private road, it should be maintained and it should also have a drainage system in place... surely?
Disgusting state of affairs. It's obvious that if United Utilities only dug up half the road, they would only resurface that half of the road. The council should have stumped up some money and asked them to resurface the whole road or just got their contractors to do it and charged United Utilities for half! Classic case of two organizations covering their own backs, whilst making a total mess of things, in the name of balancing the books. Any repair job will now be more expensive... I hope enough people protest about this because there are not enough residents (i.e. insignificant numbers of people) to make a difference if they have to stand alone. Let's hope they don't have to start a petition in Victoria Square to get a road outside their house! If it's not a private road, it should be maintained and it should also have a drainage system in place... surely? xlr82go
  • Score: -19

1:12pm Thu 29 May 14

Mike23 says...

Who agreed to returning the road to how it was BEFORE the work? What a set of idiots…its simple, do the work, resurface the road.

Once again, deferring responsibility, avoiding commitment, rubbishing our area.

Feel for the people of this road…on our street, last summer, the dug up a perfectly good road, covered it in bitumen, spreading loose stones everywhere.

All the neighbours had issues, with chipped car paint, damaged windscreens and generally it ended up worse than before.

Progress eh, can beat it
Who agreed to returning the road to how it was BEFORE the work? What a set of idiots…its simple, do the work, resurface the road. Once again, deferring responsibility, avoiding commitment, rubbishing our area. Feel for the people of this road…on our street, last summer, the dug up a perfectly good road, covered it in bitumen, spreading loose stones everywhere. All the neighbours had issues, with chipped car paint, damaged windscreens and generally it ended up worse than before. Progress eh, can beat it Mike23
  • Score: -3

1:34pm Thu 29 May 14

NOTnewsworthy says...

Mike23 wrote:
Who agreed to returning the road to how it was BEFORE the work? What a set of idiots…its simple, do the work, resurface the road.

Once again, deferring responsibility, avoiding commitment, rubbishing our area.

Feel for the people of this road…on our street, last summer, the dug up a perfectly good road, covered it in bitumen, spreading loose stones everywhere.

All the neighbours had issues, with chipped car paint, damaged windscreens and generally it ended up worse than before.

Progress eh, can beat it
chipped paint and windscreens is likely down to people speeding by ignoring signs that are always put up when a new surface is laid.
[quote][p][bold]Mike23[/bold] wrote: Who agreed to returning the road to how it was BEFORE the work? What a set of idiots…its simple, do the work, resurface the road. Once again, deferring responsibility, avoiding commitment, rubbishing our area. Feel for the people of this road…on our street, last summer, the dug up a perfectly good road, covered it in bitumen, spreading loose stones everywhere. All the neighbours had issues, with chipped car paint, damaged windscreens and generally it ended up worse than before. Progress eh, can beat it[/p][/quote]chipped paint and windscreens is likely down to people speeding by ignoring signs that are always put up when a new surface is laid. NOTnewsworthy
  • Score: 7

2:09pm Thu 29 May 14

allan111111 says...

Ukip wouldnt have wasted money on the bridge in the first place
Ukip wouldnt have wasted money on the bridge in the first place allan111111
  • Score: 1

2:12pm Thu 29 May 14

Terry McC says...

https://www.google.c
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,-2.372368,3a,75y,20
0.72h,69.77t/data=!3
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rhKvSQG6YfALDeg!2e0 Looks better now
https://www.google.c o.uk/maps/@53.555817 ,-2.372368,3a,75y,20 0.72h,69.77t/data=!3 m4!1e1!3m2!1sUmh4cz- rhKvSQG6YfALDeg!2e0 Looks better now Terry McC
  • Score: -3

4:16pm Thu 29 May 14

allan111111 says...

No need to be baffled ...its a private road, if you want it fixing chip in an fix it yourselves
No need to be baffled ...its a private road, if you want it fixing chip in an fix it yourselves allan111111
  • Score: 2

5:01pm Thu 29 May 14

HOOSIER says...

If it's a private rdwhy were the council involved ? It should have been an agreement between uu and residents surely. Another question did the uu vehicles only drive on one side of the road ?
If it's a private rdwhy were the council involved ? It should have been an agreement between uu and residents surely. Another question did the uu vehicles only drive on one side of the road ? HOOSIER
  • Score: 4

5:39pm Thu 29 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Half a job as usual - time it has just been blatant bare faced cheeky.
Half a job as usual - time it has just been blatant bare faced cheeky. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 0

5:46pm Thu 29 May 14

BibbleBobble says...

wsw69 wrote:
What does one expect from a half-baked council and an equally half-baked greedy private enterprise? Neither are fit for purpose and this just proves it.

Pay half your council tax and half your rip-off water rates.

UU MUST see to shareholders first and f**k everyone else.

Two incompetent outfits run by sheer buffoons
They are not bufoons! They are parasites, and very competent parasites they are too!
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: What does one expect from a half-baked council and an equally half-baked greedy private enterprise? Neither are fit for purpose and this just proves it. Pay half your council tax and half your rip-off water rates. UU MUST see to shareholders first and f**k everyone else. Two incompetent outfits run by sheer buffoons[/p][/quote]They are not bufoons! They are parasites, and very competent parasites they are too! BibbleBobble
  • Score: -2

6:14pm Thu 29 May 14

NJJ1972 says...

For the record Boscow Road is not a private road, nor is it unadopted. It is to be maintained as an ancient highway which means it should be passable without damage to either yourself or your vehicle. Residents had to put up with 40t lorries and cranes using the road every few minutes for almost a year, following which the road was to be resurfaced to a good standard. There are more and deeper holes than ever before (and no the lorries didn't just use one side). This job to me does not define 'good'.
For the record Boscow Road is not a private road, nor is it unadopted. It is to be maintained as an ancient highway which means it should be passable without damage to either yourself or your vehicle. Residents had to put up with 40t lorries and cranes using the road every few minutes for almost a year, following which the road was to be resurfaced to a good standard. There are more and deeper holes than ever before (and no the lorries didn't just use one side). This job to me does not define 'good'. NJJ1972
  • Score: 5

7:03pm Thu 29 May 14

NHLUFC says...

allan111111 wrote:
Ukip wouldnt have wasted money on the bridge in the first place
Given that the bridge carries a main sewer twe'd be in the sh1t with UKIP then wouldn't we.
[quote][p][bold]allan111111[/bold] wrote: Ukip wouldnt have wasted money on the bridge in the first place[/p][/quote]Given that the bridge carries a main sewer twe'd be in the sh1t with UKIP then wouldn't we. NHLUFC
  • Score: 1

8:28pm Thu 29 May 14

bob the biker says...

looks like a right cockup trust Bolton council to be involved
looks like a right cockup trust Bolton council to be involved bob the biker
  • Score: -2

9:57pm Thu 29 May 14

allan111111 says...

NHLUFC wrote:
allan111111 wrote:
Ukip wouldnt have wasted money on the bridge in the first place
Given that the bridge carries a main sewer twe'd be in the sh1t with UKIP then wouldn't we.
If there are votes to be gained from the area may be
[quote][p][bold]NHLUFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allan111111[/bold] wrote: Ukip wouldnt have wasted money on the bridge in the first place[/p][/quote]Given that the bridge carries a main sewer twe'd be in the sh1t with UKIP then wouldn't we.[/p][/quote]If there are votes to be gained from the area may be allan111111
  • Score: -1

11:47pm Thu 29 May 14

By George says...

This 100% more road repairs than my street! we got no resurfacing cos we live in a Labour Ward
This 100% more road repairs than my street! we got no resurfacing cos we live in a Labour Ward By George
  • Score: 0

7:17am Fri 30 May 14

Valiant One says...

Undoubtedly there are potholes in this road and probably have been for years . However if the agreement with UU was to restore the road to how it was then the residents have got a good deal. Looks to me that this road leads nowhere but the new FOOTbridge. Doesn't look as if the road has been adopted which means that that it's the responsibility of the residents to maintain it. Think I qould rather spend my money on patching up the main roads that go somewhere. Until the Tory government stops starving the Council of money then you are going to get no money spent on roads. Let's face it. Our northern towns are systematically being starved of cash in favour of projecta in the wealthier sourh
Undoubtedly there are potholes in this road and probably have been for years . However if the agreement with UU was to restore the road to how it was then the residents have got a good deal. Looks to me that this road leads nowhere but the new FOOTbridge. Doesn't look as if the road has been adopted which means that that it's the responsibility of the residents to maintain it. Think I qould rather spend my money on patching up the main roads that go somewhere. Until the Tory government stops starving the Council of money then you are going to get no money spent on roads. Let's face it. Our northern towns are systematically being starved of cash in favour of projecta in the wealthier sourh Valiant One
  • Score: 1

9:30am Sat 31 May 14

the hand says...

If this was an unadorned road in cliff jabba the hut s ward we wouldn't be having this conversation
If this was an unadorned road in cliff jabba the hut s ward we wouldn't be having this conversation the hand
  • Score: -2

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