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County needs to act now on ‘deplorable’ state of roads

Alan Stripp is concerned about the condition of roads around Harbottle.

Alan Stripp is concerned about the condition of roads around Harbottle.

A parish is urging residents affected by ‘deplorable’ roads to sue the county council.

Potholes, broken road surfaces, lack of drainage and no road markings are just some of the concerns which have led Harbottle Parish Council to issue a public statement.

It says that despite work being carried out in the village, roads are of ‘third-world standards’.

It adds: “The parish council now advises complainants to sue Northumberland County Council in the small claims court for the cost of repairing vehicles damaged by badly-maintained roads.

“When the costs of litigation and compensation exceed the cost of road maintenance, common sense may prevail.”

It says that while work has been carried out, the roads are still ‘deplorable’.

Chairman Coun Alan Stripp said: “It has gone on for far too long.

“Councils of all persuasions over the years have continually ignored roads in the rural areas.

“We do know what good roads are like. The Ministry of Defence roads are partly in Harbottle parish and they are excellent roads.

“Nine miles north in the Scottish Borders, there are excellent roads.

“Why can’t Northumberland County Council do it?”

The Gazette contacted Northumberland County Council for a response, but at the time of going to print, no one was available for comment on the issue.

 

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