North Area Committee

Busy road repair

A petition submitted by 125 local residents has resulted in repairs being planned for a pothole riddled road between Doddington and Fenton.

Permanent patching is due to start on July 22, just weeks after Northumberland County Council received the petition pleading for work to take place.

The single track road near Doddington North Farm has suffered from surface degredation, cracking and pothole development on a regular basis.

It is caused by a combination of an ageing road surface, poor drainage and surface water compounded by its use as a crossing point by farm traffic.

Terry Garnick, the council’s north area highways and neighbourhood services manager, said: “This has been a long-standing issue on what is quite a busy single-track road so it’s good news that it’s going to be repaired.”

Short-term repairs were carried out last winter, but this summer’s work includes structural repairs and surface dressing.

Dangerous A697 ignored, claims road campaigner

A road campaigner has criticised a multi-agency partnership for ‘ignoring the dangerous’ A697.

Coun Glen Sanderson says he was staggered to discover at last week’s full meeting of Northumberland County Council that mobile speed camera vans had not been deployed along the stretch of road in six months up until June this year.

The equipment is used by the Northumbria Safer Roads Initiative, which is a combination of organisations, including the county council and Northumbria Police.

“Amazingly, I have been told that on no occasion in recent months have the speed camera vans ever ventured onto the A697,” said Coun Sanderson, ward member for Longhorsley. “I find that staggering given the road’s safety record.”

Coun Sanderson has been pushing for safety improvements on the road since a string of accidents, including some fatal, occurred last year. He said he will write to Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird about the issue.