Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen praises residents as their

Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen on Freshfield Road.

 


Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen said the earth shouldn't be moving quite so much for residents along a busy Formby street after their long running campaign to get their road resurfaced ended in success.

The Harington Ward Labour Councillor was contacted by concerned residents on Frehfield Road.

Three years ago, the residents had compiled a petition calling for Freshfield Road, between St George's Road and Derby Road, to be resurfaced.

They complained that the uneven surface was so bad, traffic on the road was causing their houses to shake. Glasses would rattle and the residents feared the vibrations were causing damage to their properties.

The residents thought their problems were over a couple of years ago when work on the road began. But the resurfacing stopped before it got to the stretch of the road where the affected residents lived.

Getting no-where, the residents contacted newly elected Harington Ward Labour Councillor Nina Killen, who was only elected last year.

Cllr Killen discovered that Freshfield Road had been identified as in need of resurfacing, but because of Tory-Lib Dem cuts to Sefton's budget, there may not have been enough money for the work to go ahead.

The Labour Councillor immediately arranged a meeting between the residents and senior council officers - and the work was carried out last month.

Cllr Killen said: "When the residents contacted me, and told me how long they had been campaigning for the much needed resurfacing work, I made enquiries and discovered that Freshfield Road was on a list of roads in need of work, but not all the roads on this list were going to get resurfaced, due to the massive cuts the council has had to make in the highways budget. The roads were to be prioritised on the basis of need.

"I arranged for the Highways and Infrastructure officer to meet with the residents and see for himself the condition of the road and what the residents were living through.

"The residents explained first hand the problems they were having with the undulations in the road causing their houses to shake. The officer was clearly very sympathetic. 

"In April it was announced that Freshfield Road was going to get microsurfacing treatment which it is hoped will reduce the vibrations that are being caused. "

Cllr Killen said she was pleased to be able to help the residents in their campaign.

Cllr Killen said: "I am obviously delighted that the council has seen what a state the road was in and how it was impacting on the residents' lives. 

"I was happy to arrange a meeting between the residents and the officer so they could explain first-hand the difficulties they were having. 

"I know the residents along the affected stretch of Freshfield Road will see a massive improvement now these works are completed and I hope it will give them peace of mind about the potential effects of the vibrations on their homes."