Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen and residents celebrate suc

Nina Killen and Eileen O'Connor

 

A Formby road which has been described as looking like the surface of the moon is to get the improvement repairs which householders have been calling for after their campaign got the backing of local councillors.

Eileen O'Connor and her neighbours on Alexandra Road and Albert Road launched the campaign to get the road surface repaired.

The condition of the road had become so bad that Eileen feared for motorists safety as her son's Ford Fiesta was written off by mechanics who said the road had caused so much damage it could have flipped over.

Eileen and the other residents drafted in the support Harington Ward Labour Councillor Nina Killen and other local councillors after it became apparent that it was unclear who was responsible for the upkeep of the road.

The councillors visited the road and insisted that action be taken

Formby Labour Councillor, Nina Killen, said it was clear that urgent action was needed to resurface the road.

Cllr Killen said:  "The condition of the road really is shocking. To get to the houses, it is like going off road. The potholes are more like craters from the surface of the moon. 

"My council colleagues and I asked Sefton Council to look into this, and when they did they realised that something needed to be done. Although these roads are unadopted, the council's Coast & Countryside department owns them, so the council could have left itself open to a claim if someone had been injured using the road. 

"The residents were all desperate to find a solution as it was getting more and more difficult every day to access their homes. They all have a historic right of way over the road and felt that the council was legally obliged to create a safe passage.

"The council officers have been brilliant to their credit. They realised that something had to be done - it was only fair to the residents that they were able to access their homes safely. 

"To keep costs down, they are bringing in left over material from other jobs to do it.

"So hopefully in the near future, the homes along Alexandra and Albert roads will be accessible by other than just 4x4s."

Eileen said she was delighted that action was being taken.

She said: "We are all really pleased that Sefton is going to do the repairs to the roads. It really was becoming a danger.

"They had gotten worse and worse over the years, but recently, they were becoming almost impassable for most cars.

"Over the years, this has cost us thousands of pounds in repairs to cars. My son's car was condemned as unsafe because of the condition of the roads.

"But I realised that we needed to take urgent action when I took ill. We didn't wait for an ambulance because it was that urgent so it was decided to take me there in a car. We thought I could have died. It was as we were driving through the potholes and craters along Alexandra, Albert and St Luke's that I thought we had to do something to get the road sorted.

"The neighbours came together to form a campaign group. We held a meeting with the neighbours and councillors, Bill Esterson our MP came along and Mike McComb attended as he owns St Luke's Road, which was also in a bad condition.

"After the meeting Mike called me up and said he was so concerned about the state of St Luke's he was sending around a team to make some repairs.

"Sefton Council have now said they will also make the repairs. We are all absolutely delighted.

"I'd like to thank Bill Esterson for coming along to the meeting and Cllr Killen and the other councillors for giving us their backing. It was only when we brought everyone together that we were able to get things done."

Cllr Killen said she has been told the council will begin the road improvements within a matter of weeks.

Cllr Killen said: "The council officers have been brilliant on this issue. They have seen for themselves the dire state of the roads and want to take urgent action.

"I'd like to thank them for their work, Mike McComb for making the improvements to St Luke's Road and I'd like to thank Eileen and the rest of the residents for raising this issue."