Louth roads ‘in a state of collapse’ - councillors’ fears for motorists

One of the many cracks in the road in St Bernard's Avenue in Louth.
One of the many cracks in the road in St Bernard's Avenue in Louth.
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Louth’s roads are in a ‘state of collapse’ and the pot hole situation is becoming a ‘farce’, according to the town’s councillors.

The ongoing issue over the area’s roads was raised by Louth’s Mayor, Coun Jill Makinson-Sanders at the Louth Town Council meeting on February 26.

Lincolnshire County Council are responsible for maintaining the area’s road network and the issue of pot holes has heightened in recent months after a particularly harsh winter and freezing temperatures.

Addressing the chamber, she said: “The number of pot holes is a huge problems, some of them are incredibly deep and often you can’t see them coming.

“We need a complete plan as this is my biggest complaint at the moment.”

Coun Pauline Watson, a county councillor, explained how LCC had announced they would invest an additional £6.5 million on repairing roads, on top of the £50 million it already spends annually.

“They’re doing a ‘first time fix’, meaning it’s done properly the first time,” she said.

“They’re mindful of the fact that accidents can be caused, hopefully it will be a much better system.”

Coun Laura Stephenson said: “We need to make sure Lincolnshire County Council know that we in the rural areas really need our roads dealing with, tractor are going down them!

“It’s clear we need to do something, we need to make sure our roads are given as much priority as Lincoln.”

Coun Margaret Ottaway described the roads situation as a ‘farce’ and Coun David Wing claimed that the cost of bringing Lincolnshire’s 5,500 miles of roads to standard would cost £180 million.

“Some of our roads are in a state of collapse, but our roads are being looked at and they are doing what they can,” said Coun Watson.

Coun George Horton said he feared for residents living on private roads.

“One of the concerns I have is the legalities of it all, particularly on unadopted roads,” he said.