22nd Sep, 2021

Council vows to repair deteriorated road and footpath after residents' and councillor's complaints

Tristan Harris 3rd Sep, 2021 Updated: 3rd Sep, 2021

COVENTRY City Council has said it has listened to concerns about St Helens Way where residents say the footpath and road has deteriorated so badly it has now become dangerous.

People were being supported by Bablake Ward councillor Jaswant Birdi who has a petition containing 67 names which he will be presenting at the council meeting on Tuesday, September 7.

Residents said, as well as damage caused by lorries loading and unloading over the years, the surface had also fallen victim to extreme hot and cold weather which had fractured it even more.

But the council said it was aware of the issues and the matter was already in hand.

A spokesperson added: “We’d like to reassure residents that our Highways Team regularly inspect all the roads in our network and that includes St Helens which has been investigated recently.

“We can confirm that repairs for the road have been ordered and are now awaiting completion.

“We thank residents and road users for their patience during this time.”

Coun Birdi said: “This street should have been resurfaced years ago so it’s not surprising that residents feel as though they’ve been ignored for far too long.”

Resident Geraldine Bull, who has been helping Coun Birdi to collect signatures for the petition, said: “The road is full of deep potholes, getting worse with each passing year.

“One poor elderly gentleman tripped, fell and sustained a head injury this year.

“Fortunately, the poor man survived this ordeal, but he required an ambulance and treatment and now walks looking down towards the pavement.

“Another lady who has had previous back injuries and surgeries tripped and fell in the pothole outside her drive.”

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