Repairs hoped to be first of many

Repaired: Coun Steve Holgate on Hamilton Road, Chorley
Repaired: Coun Steve Holgate on Hamilton Road, Chorley
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A dangerous footpath has been repaired after a 12 month campaign.

After months of lobbying from residents and councillors, Lancashire County Council has relaid pavements in Hamilton Road, Chorley.

In recent months a number of elederly pedestrians have fallen on dislodged paving stones sparking calls for improvements.

County councillor Steve Holgate, who led calls for the pavement to be fixed, said: “I’ve lobbied the highways for 12 months as a number of the elderly have tripped and fallen.

“I spoke with John Fillis at Lancashire County Council and said that it is important that Hamilton Road becomes a priority due to the nature of the accidents.

“It’s heavily used and has a high foot fall in the area, we wanted to make sure that people would be able to negotiate the area safely when walking.”

Coun Holgate, hopes the repairs are will be the start of things to come in the Chorley area.

He added: “The engineer that walked around with us on Hamilton Road said the footpath hadn’t been touched for more than 50 years.

“We don’t want this to happen in other areas so in the next 12-18 months I think it’s key to see areas from Market Street to Devonshire Road and Pall Mall to St Thomas’ Road re-surfaced, they are all popular and receive heavy foot fall.”

Lancashire County councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “County councillor Holgate raised concerns about the state of the pavements on Hamilton Road and a number of surrounding roads in Chorley.

“After pre-patching work to deal with any likely trip hazards, we have put down a new top surface.

“This will make them safer for pedestrians and extend their life, as the treatment protects the pavements in a similar way that painting your windows protects the wood.”