Is this the worst road in Northampton? Residents demand action on potholes in town centre road

Local Labour councillors in Castle Ward have been speaking to residents in Austin Street and believe it must be one of the worst roads in Northamptonshire
Local Labour councillors in Castle Ward have been speaking to residents in Austin Street and believe it must be one of the worst roads in Northamptonshire

Residents living in a street in Northampton town centre have written to the transport chief at the county council to try to get action on the number of potholes in the road surface.

People living in Austin Street have complained to their local councillors about potholes so big that crossing the road with pushchairs is extremely difficult.

Local Labour councillors in Castle Ward, councillors Danielle Stone, Muna Cali and Anamul Haque, have written to Northamptonshire County Coucil’s cabinet member for highways asking him to send a team in to investigate the issue and put in a repair programme as soon as possible.

Councillor Stone said: “As councillors we have put in many complaints about the state of the road to the county council but it is falling on deaf ears.

“We are hoping that if we are seen to be acting together, Councillors and residents, Northants County Council will finally wake up and take notice.”

A Northamptonshire County Council spokesman said: “While we do have a programme to fund resurfacing of concrete roads in urban areas, we are facing a significant financial challenge. Therefore, we are having to work with the limited funds available and it will take some time for us address all of the sites on the priority list.

“In the meantime, the road will be subject to safety inspections and any identified safety defects will be repaired in line with the council’s policy.

“Our first priority is to keep the road network safe. In practice, this is achieved through regular safety inspections and we also encourage residents to report highways issues through Street Doctor at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/streetdoctor.”