Morecambe’s roads ‘belong in Third World’

Maggie Milner is fed up with all the potholes near her home on South Road, Morecambe
Maggie Milner is fed up with all the potholes near her home on South Road, Morecambe
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Potholes and cracked pavements are causing misery in Morecambe – with one woman who was injured when she fell in a pothole saying they are ‘atrocious’.

Maggie Milner, 52, of South Road, Morecambe said: “The pavements are so bad I tend to walk on the road but there are so many potholes.

“Last year I fell in a pothole in South Road and broke my knee. I had to go to hospital and when I got out I had to go and stay with a friend in Kendal.

“My Romanian rescue dog Saffy had to be looked after but unfortunately she escaped and was run over and killed. This wouldn’t have happened if I wasn’t in hospital with my knee. I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else. This will affect me for the rest of my life.”

Roads and pavements throughout Morecambe are in desperate need of repair, including Pedder Street and Queen Street.

Ruth Ockenden, who works at Morecambe Health Foods on Pedder Street said: “Potholes are a major issue and I do a lot of head shaking when I walk round at the state of the roads.

“I fell and injured my ankle in the cut-through road between Pedder Street and Home Bargains, it is a mess, the tarmac has come off the cobbles.”

Catherine Timewell, owner of Trilogy on Pedder Street in Morecambe, said: “If the county council mended the potholes before they caused an accident that would be more cost effective.”

Sharon Tague, of Tagues Paint and Wallpaper on Queen Street, said: “It seems we are living in a third world country with the state of the roads.”

A public consultation is being held next Monday and Tuesday about Queen Street and Pedder Street.

Julian Inman, senior planner in regeneration at Lancaster City Council said: “The meetings are to see if people want to see Queen Street and Pedder Street improved and if so, how they can be improved.”

Chance to have your say on future of key town centre streets

Officers from Lancaster City Council’s Regeneration team will be at Morecambe and Heysham Sea Cadets building on Pedder Street next month to give residents and local businesses the chance to discuss the future of these important streets. The team would like to hear what businesses and residents think about the quality of footpaths, roads, congestion, parking, crossings, street furniture, lighting or any other issues, concerns, hopes or visions for thisarea.

You can air your views at one of the following sessions:

Monday, February 1, between noon and 3pm.

Tuesday, February 2, between 3pm and 6pm.

For more information visit www.lancaster.gov.uk or email morecambeaap@lancaster.gov.uk.