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Darwen pavement repair u-turn 'saves thousands'
1:42pm Thursday 7th March 2013 in News
SUDELL councillor Paul Browne has praised borough roads boss Dave Harling for vetoing unnecessary pavement repair works in his ward.
The Darwen Liberal Democrat was furious when he learnt that contractors Capita were planning to resurface the pavements on both sides of Duckworth Street for hundreds of yards from Dove Lane to Union Street after the summer floods.
He felt most of the work was unnecessary and that only the section of about 15 yards from Heys Lane to the British Queen pub needed attention.
Coun Browne raised the issue with the borough executive member for highways at the Blackburn with Darwen full council meeting this week.
Coun Harling promised to stop the majority of the resurfacing work.
Coun Browne said: “I’m really glad this unnecessary work has been stopped.
“We were talking about hundreds of yards costing thousands of pounds of council taxpayers’ money.
“Only the tiny section of about 15 yards between Hayes Lane and the British Queen, which they are still doing, needed the work.
“I am over the moon with Dave Harling.
“I am really pleased with him acting so quickly to stop this waste of money.”