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Leigh Road - the worst road in Shropshire?

July 16, 2017 12:09 PM

Shropshire Councillor Heather Kidd has hit out at Shropshire Councils continued failure to resurface what many residents describe as the 'worst road in Shropshire.' Indeed just a handful or years ago it was in the top ten worst roads in Shropshire BUT nothing was done to rectify it. Roads such as this are put into a central pot for decision and it does seem that it does not always recognise local problems.

Heather, who represents Chirbury and Worthen on the Council, said "This stretch is of truly third world standard. It's is not just bad it is awful. Worse it is becoming a real hazard to motorists and their cars."

The stretch in question is part of the B4499 and runs from Brockton to Minsterley. Apart from the numerous potholes along the road and the mole hill repairs, the surface is wearing away on whole stretches and the edges are crumbling in many places (see attached photos). There are also stretches with collapsed gullies and pipes pouring water into farm buildings and putting cattle and lambing at risk.

Heather concluded; " I have been pressing for action to be taken on this stretch for years now. On top of all this the many road closures in the Chirbury and Worthen division have diverted heavy traffic along the B4499 many times and for whole weeks at a time. This has taken an even greater toll on its surface than usual. Another winter of rain and frost will totally destroy whole stretches of this road.

The last straw was when I heard that it had been removed from this years' work programme and put back to 2018-19. How bad does a stretch of road have to get before it gets attention? Isn't a danger to vehicles and life and limb enough? I am urging highways to put it back into the plan for this year and carry out the work sooner rather than later."