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Anger at village 'cut off' by road works

July 26, 2018 9:51 PM


A Shropshire village threatened of being effectively cut off by unfinished roadworks has demanded immediate action from Shropshire Council to fulfil their legal responsibilities.

In a meeting held at Priest Weston Village Hall last night (24th July) many local residents gave vent to their frustrations around the roads poor maintenance and damaged caused to their cars. Even the school bus driver and the primary school minibus driver attended.

Local Shropshire Councillor Heather Kidd, who organised the meeting, said: "cut backs in the roads budget by Shropshire Council have hit roads right across the County, leaving many in a dreadful state. Rural areas have suffered the most but Priest Weston has been particularly badly hit. Despite a sustained campaign by me and residents we still have not had any meaningful repairs done to the dreadful road surfaces on all four roads leading out of the villages."

Damage to Priest Weston's roads include.

1. A major hole in Chirbury Lane. This road is now technically closed.

2. Large number of major potholes on the Rorrington to Priest Weston Road. This was a school bus route but the bus company refused to use the large bus on it.

3. Several large holes in the road to Churchstoke made that route a risk.

4. The road to White Grit has major problems outside the Miners Arms with a series of potholes across the road including one with either a spring or pipe leaking water. This has receive a temporary fill which is rough and inadequate.

Heather continued: "People in rural Shropshire have had enough. Colleagues across the County are reporting the same litany of delay and missed potholes by the Councils contractor KIER. I strong suspect that much of the money available for roads is being spent in urban areas. In South Shropshire we have only received 28% of the recent grant from Government ."

Council officers at the meeting promised:

1. that the road master will deal with potholes in the area especially those on the road from Rorrington to Priest Weston in the next 2 weeks.

2. A solution for the road closure and huge pothole caused by a collapsed culvert will be found in the next few days. A date for the work to be completed will then follow.

3. The melted tar and seriously damaged road surface at Whittery will be investigated.

4. An available maintenance plan for the future.

Residents were also concerned about drainage on the roads around them, hidden gullies and potholes left marked for repair for months on end. The difficulties of dealing with insurance claims were also raised and the poor treatment of the claimants.