Labour Action Team helps motorists steer clear of pot-holed road

Bill Esterson and Catie Page

Formby Labour Action Team is helping motorists avoid potentially dangerous pitfalls.

New Ravenmeols Labour councillor, Catie Page, contacted Sefton Council calling for warning signs to be installed to warn motorists who were thinking about using Flaxfield Road as a rat run to escape congestion at the junction of Alt Road and Church Road that the road was unadopted.

Residents contacted Catie as their new councillors to ask for help to warn motorists about the pot-holed unadopted road.

Cllr Page said: "Many of the residents told me that lots of motorists had thought they could escape the congestion by shooting along Flaxfield Road, but had fallen foul of  the large potholes in the road.

"So I took the concerns to Sefton Council and asked for a sign to be installed on the road that warned unsuspecting motorists that the road was unadopted and riddled with deep craters which could cause serious damage to cars.

"Sefton Concil listened to the concerned and have agreed to install waring signs at the entrance of the road which is great news for the residents and the motorists."

Cllr Page said many motorists were being led along Flaxfield by their sat navs unaware of the poor condition of the road.

Cllr Page said: "Lots of people now use sat nav systems and would simply be unaware that Flaxfield is unadopted. They followed the directions provided by the sat nav and end up driving into a deep crater which ends up causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to a car's exhaust or suspension.

"So I am pleased that the Formby Labour Action Team has been able to help and warning signs will be installed to help motorists avoid what could be a very costly 'short-cut'."