Council rapped over Accrington wall costs

Blackburn Citizen: Council rapped over Accrington wall costs Council rapped over Accrington wall costs

THE county council has been criticised for spending thousands of pounds on a brick wall at an Accrington roundabout.

Wooden fencing was replaced at the roundabout near St Anne’s and St Joseph’s Primary School in Sandy Lane, with a wall and arrows pointing drivers in the right direction.

But local councillor Tony Dobson said he has been receiving calls from furious residents who have branded it a waste of money.

He said the low wooden fencing was put up to stop children playing football across the roundabout five years ago.

He said: “The council has spent £18,450 putting a wall in and some signs saying where to go at a roundabout.

It has arrows pointing in the right direction.

“£18,450 when we are meant to be struggling for cash is wrong.”

Oliver Starkey, highways manager for Hyndburn, said: “The fencing on this roundabout was originally put up to prevent parking as there was an issue particularly with parents visiting the nearby school causing an obstruction to buses.

“Local councillors had, over a number of years, supported a scheme to replace the fencing with a more permanent and attractive feature and a design was developed for the low stone wall.

“The wall also adds to the appearance of the roundabout because it can carry illuminated chevron markings which would otherwise be sited on posts.

"Around £10,500 of funding was identified from part of the highways budget which is set aside for discretionary local schemes supported by county councillors, with a further £4,000 contributed by Hyndburn Borough Council's area committee."

Coun Dobson said he had paperwork that shows the work cost £18,450.

However, Lancashire County Council said the work cost £14,500.

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10:27am Fri 28 Mar 14

Benpupdog says...

It's a stone wall actually.
It's a stone wall actually. Benpupdog
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5:31pm Fri 28 Mar 14

moxhie says...

The brick wall looks fine to me . Worth every penny .
The brick wall looks fine to me . Worth every penny . moxhie
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2:56pm Sat 29 Mar 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

its right, its only money and we are made of it!
its right, its only money and we are made of it! DoggydogNo1
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1:40pm Sun 30 Mar 14

maxcollie says...

Waste of money. Somewhere for the local youth to sit and as a bonus there is a graveled area inside the walls to throw their empty beer cans.
Waste of money. Somewhere for the local youth to sit and as a bonus there is a graveled area inside the walls to throw their empty beer cans. maxcollie
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5:39pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Elegant1 says...

As wall's go it doesn't look too bad and must be an improvement on a fence. If they had not spent this money on this project where would it have gone to? It is after all about one years salary and pension for one councillor and it will probable do as much work, maybe more? There is a bright side to most things if you look for it!
As wall's go it doesn't look too bad and must be an improvement on a fence. If they had not spent this money on this project where would it have gone to? It is after all about one years salary and pension for one councillor and it will probable do as much work, maybe more? There is a bright side to most things if you look for it! Elegant1
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