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Bolton Road Repairs List

A £10M programme to fill potholes and fix pavements across the borough is going ahead.

Wishlists of roads and pavements which councillors want repaired has been rubber-stamped at the town hall.

Each of the 20 wards in the borough will receive an equal share of the £10m pot for highways and footpaths which the council announced at the start of the summer.

Councillors had five weeks to work with highways officers and decide a programme of work based on engineering priority.

Deputy leader Martyn Cox revealed a list of priorities ready to be approved at a cabinet meeting on Monday.

He said: “We’ve done a significant amount of consultation over the summer between officers and ward members. We got a significant amount of engagement from ward councillors. Some who accepted the recommendations in full, others wanted other roads prioritising.”

The capital investment programme was a key Conservative pledge at the last election in May.

It featured as the first priority in the 25-point plan which was signed by the Lib Dems, UKIP and the two hyper-local indepedent groups to put the Tories in charge.

The residential road improvements will be paid for by a £7m low-interest loan together with £3m from the sale of council buildings.

The borrowing will be funded by dividends from the local authority’s shares in Manchester Airport.

However, assistant director for highways John Kelly told councillors that fixing the whole highway network, which includes bridges, would cost more than £100m.

Lib Dem leader Roger Hayes welcome the investment but said there is still a long way to go.

He said: “It’s a welcome step forward but it’s a small step given the length we’ve got to come.”

The £10m programme put forward by the new Conservative administration will add to the £2m investment announced in the council’s budget earlier this year when Labour were in charge.

Each ward will therefore get £600,000 towards repairing highways and footpaths.

Two separate lists of priorities which had been put together by highways engineers for each of the 20 ward was altered following consultation with councillors representing those areas.

Some of the revised lists add up to more than the £600,000 available to each ward which means that not all of the roads will be fixed using these funds.

However, Cllr Hayes said that the engineering department are “pretty good” at keeping their costs within their budget and asked what would happen if there was some money left in the pot.

Mr Kelly said: “We’ve got an approved list in place. If we are looking at additional lists that are not yet in place, we can pick them up. If members have other suggestions they can put them forward.

Labour councillor Nick Peel thanked the highways engineers for their hard work in putting together the programme over the summer.

UKIP leader Sean Hornby also welcomed the investment but said it does not go far enough in compensating for the millions of pounds that Bolton Council has lost over the last decade.

He said: “We recognise that this is quite a significant amount of money but this, in actual fact, over the last 10 to 15 years, given what we’ve lost – still falls short from what is needed in the long term.”

The work is expected to take 12 to 18 months to complete.

Each area in Bolton has been given half a million pounds towards repairing highways and footpaths, adding to the £100,000 for each ward announced in the capital budget earlier this year.

Two lists of priorities for each ward – one for highways and one for footpaths – have been put together by town hall engineers in consultation with councillors from those areas.

These “wishlists” were built on an existing programme of work which the council has already started work on.

Some of the new lists add up to more than the £600,000 which wards have available to them.

This means that not all of the roads can necessary be fixed at using these funds.

Council leader David Greenhalgh revealed that many councillors pushed pavements up their list of priorities, hinting that his administration would look at investing more money on footpaths in the future.

He said: “There are some appalling conditions for our pavements. I think looking forward we need to look at possible schemes for pavements.”

 

Here is the full list of roads to be fixed as chosen by councillors.

ASTLEY BRIDGE

Southgrove Avenue, Moss Bank Close, Holly Street, Nevis Grove, Douglas Street, Hatton Grove, Westgrove Avenue, Thornham Drive, Kermoor Avenue, Glencoyne Drive.

BRADSHAW

Hillside Close, Fairway Avenue, Riding Gate Mews, Bramhall Avenue, Ruins Lane.

BREIGHTMET

St Osmunds Drive, Roscow Avenue, Breightmet Fold Lane, Breightmet Drive, Blenheim Road, Carron Grove, Stanworth Avenue.

BROMLEY CROSS

Hospital Road, Cox Green Road, Hardmans Lane, Rose Hill Drive, Carlisle Street, Grangewood, Smithy Croft, Blair Street, John Street, Turton Heights, The Dell, Windsor Road.

CROMPTON

Almond Street, Seymour Road , Hughes Street, Newry Street, Carisbrooke Drive, Laycock Avenue, Nell Street, Ventnor Avenue, Beech Street, Cable Street.

FARNWORTH

Tennyson Road, Church Street, Albert Grove, Brindley Close, Church Walk, Glenbrook Gardens, Norfolk Drive, Hillside Avenue, Brookland Avenue.

GREAT LEVER

Settle Street, Crescent Road, Lowther Street, High Street/Bridgeman Street junction, Princess Street, Rishton Lane, various locations between Lever Edge Lane and Grecian Crescent.

HALLIWELL

Westwood Road, Bertrand Road, Bangor Street, Dickinson Street, Prestwood Drive, Gray Street North, Clarke Street, Northern Grove, Prince Street, Kirkhope Drive, Park Street, Shepherd Cross Street, Beverley Road, Victoria Grove.

HARPER GREEN

Skelwith Avenue, Lynton Road, Hawker Avenue, Woodvale Gardens, Bleriot Street, Glenmore Avenue.

HEATON & LOSTOCK

Elgol Drive, Arran Close, Third Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Melrose Avenue, Second Avenue, Aenby Avenue, Carlton Road, Brighton Avenue, Victoria Road, Rydal Road/Ernlouen Avenue junction, Armadale Road.

HORWICH & BLACKROD

Shaftesbury Avenue, Summer Street, Iron Street, Mallard Drive, Ramsbottom Road, Ox Hey Lane, St. Katherines Drive, Vicarage Road, Marsh Street, Rawlinson Street, Horwich North East, Hawksley Street, Brownlow Road, Douglas Close, Pioneer Street, Abernethy Street, Singleton Avenue, Hillside Avenue, Manor Road, Peter Martin Street, Jones Street, Nasmyth Street, Brady Street, Wilderswood Avenue, Latham Row, Duncan Street, Bank Meadow, Ridgemont Close.

HULTON

Longfield Road, Patterson Street, Morris Green Lane, Chilham Street, Georgina Street, Partington Street, Normanby Street, Westfield Road.

KEARSLEY

Pilkington Road, Church Road, Layton Drive, Presto Street, High Stile Street.

LITTLE LEVER & DARCY LEVER

Dalebrook Close, Independent Street, Norris Street, Princes Avenue, Wardle Street, Oak Avenue, Bentley Street, Lancaster Drive, Marsh Road, Wheatfield Street, Dove Bank Road, Lever Bridge Place.

RUMWORTH

Sheringham Place, Blackledge Street, View Street, Rasbottom Street, Park View Road, Beaconsfield Street, Cannon Street, Lanchester Drive, Quebec Street, Bankfield Street, Goldsmith Street, Burnaby Street, Ellesmere Street/Board Street junction, Derby Street/High Street junction, High Street/Bridgeman Street junction, Higher Swan Lane/Bridgeman Street junction, Rosamond Street, Pike Road.

SMITHILLS

Ripon Drive, Woodsley Road, Bentinck Street, Marlwood Road.

TONGE

Glaisdale Street, Halstead Street, Chadwick Street, Ilkley Close, Back Parkdale Road, Dorset Street, Castleton Street, Welling Street.

WESTHOUGHTON NORTH & CHEW MOOR

Wingates Grove, St Johns Avenue, Jutland Grove, Clough Avenue, Croft Street, Hornby Drive, Lock Lane, Central Drive, Rosebery Street, Fellbridge Close, Ploughfields, Greenfield Close.

WESTHOUGHTON SOUTH

Birch Avenue, France Street.

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