GARSTANG’s town mayor has hit out at the state of the roads in and around the town and has set about launching a campaign for council chiefs to repair the potholes.
Mayor Sandra Perkins has labelled many of Garstang’s residential roads a ‘disgrace’ and is calling on locals to help her in a mission to exert pressure on Lancashire County Council to tackle the uneven pavements and pot-holed roads.
Since taking on her mayoral duties in May Sandra said she has been inundated by complaints from members of the public due to the poor road surfaces around the town’s main roads and estates.
Now, she wants residents to contact her to point out the roads with the worst potholes, so she can produce a map to present to Lancashire County Council to tackle the issue.
Sandra, who lives in Dorchester Road, said: “With the volume of traffic we have coming through the town it is just horrendous.
“People have been stopping me and saying when is something going to be done about the pot holes and I want to be seen to be doing something.
“The whole town is a real mess, I don’t want the council coming out to fill a hole here and there - they are dangerous - I want the lot sorting in one swoop!”
Sandra added some of the worse roads already pointed out by residents include Devonshire Drive and the estates around Windsor and Dorchester Road.
“I want people to contact me and let me know exactly where the potholes are, outside which properties and I want to make a map of the whole town so we know exactly where they are.
“It would be good if photos could be submitted as well.”
Her plan, once she has collected all the information, is to make a visit to county hall and present the findings to council bosses.
She added: “When I think of all the people who visit Garstang and all the good work of our volunteers with Britain of Bloom I feel ashamed because of the state of the place, it is a disgrace.
“I’ve had residents coming to me and saying when it comes to the money spent by LCC, they feel like Garstang is ‘the poor relation’,”
To help the campaign please send your letters, emails and photos to Sandra no later than August 12.
Call Sandra on 01995 605533, email: email@example.com or write to 57, Dorchester Road, Garstang. PR3 1HH.