Road-workers cancel fix of "appalling" bumpy cul-de-sac in Northampton at the last minute

Councillor James Hill is calling for Olden Road to be resurfaced after a scheduled re-dressing was cancelled last week.
Councillor James Hill is calling for Olden Road to be resurfaced after a scheduled re-dressing was cancelled last week.
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Residents in one of Northampton's most pothole-riddled roads want assurance their long-promised resurfacing is going to get done - after the works were cancelled again this week.

Olden Road in Rectory Farm - home to the former Barn Owl pub currently undergoing conversion into a Co-op store - has been littered with lumps and bumps for several years.

Councillor Hill with Rectory Farm residents on pothole-riddled Olden Road.

Councillor Hill with Rectory Farm residents on pothole-riddled Olden Road.

"Carriageway patching" work was meant to take place between Friday, December 9 and Monday, December 12.

But residents received a letter on Friday from Northamptonshire County Council's highways department stating that it has "had to be postponed."

The letter went on to say: "We intend to move the scheme to the end of this financial year's program, however this will be subject to the weather."

Conservative councillor for the area Councillor James Hill, (Con, Rectory Farm) said the latest let-down comes after two years of fighting to get the road completed.

In a letter to the highways department he wrote: "The road is a key access route in Rectory Farm as it is the only road to the community centre, school and shop. As I’m sure you are aware it is currently in an appalling state and has been for some time now.

"I am therefore very disappointed that this work has been further delayed as myself and other residents have been lobbying Northamptonshire County Council to repair this road for some time."

But a spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council has since reassured residents it will take place.

He said: "Re-surfacing works in Olden Road have been postponed until early in the New Year and we will be shortly sending letters to residents in the area giving more details of when exactly they will take place.

“The works are part of a wider programme of re-surfacing schemes, which can, unfortunately, be delayed, particularly at this time of year with wintery weather.

“We apologise if any inconvenience has been caused.”