MP supports plea on potholes

Middleton on the wold

Middleton on the wold

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Graham Stuart MP has voiced support for residents campaigning to have a Middleton on the Wolds road repaired and its status upgraded.

Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness was invited to inspect areas of Beverley Road which runs between Middleton on the Wolds and the B1248 Driffield to Beverley route by Middleton resident Ian Dewar.

Mr Stuart joined Mr Dewar, his wife Madelaine Dewar and chair of Middleton Parish Council Kath Bentley in inspecting areas of Beverley Road which features large potholes, damage and deterioration on Friday.

The invitation was made after Mr Dewar, of Thompson Drive, felt his pleas and those of other residents to East Riding of Yorkshire Council to improve the state of the road had been ignored despite years of complaints.

Mr Dewar, who has lived in Middleton for 12 years, said: “The purpose of this meeting is to highlight to Graham the extremely poor condition of this road, the lack of repair and maintenance seen in past years and the dangers it poses to drivers and occasional pedestrians alike.

“In previous correspondence and conversations stretching over several years, myself and others have expressed our concerns on the lack of attention this road receives,” added Mr Dewar, who believes that with the exception of some work which took place close to the Cemetery Gates 24 months ago, no work has been carried out on the road for approximately five years.

Mr Dewar said: “The road itself has a difficult, undulating surface, varies considerably, without warning signs, in width and in many parts does not permit the safe passing of vehicles without permission.”

Mr Dewar said: “In recent years this road has become a regular route for heavy goods, delivery and agricultural vehicles serving the surrounding areas. It has also seen a marked increase in commuter driving from the increased population of Middleton and North Dalton.

“Several residents from both villages have suffered vehicle damage, being mainly suspension problems but also windscreen and paint work damage being thrown up from broken, unkempt surfaces.”

Mr Stuart vowed to write to ERYC highlighting the issue, calling for Middleton residents to be listened to after inspecting the road which he has referred to as “not acceptable” and a potential “deathtrap”.

Mr. Stuart said: “I am going to write to the Council that I have personally inspected (the road) and press the Council to look into this issue seriously.

“We all know how tough budgeting pressures are but this road is not in an acceptable state and something needs to be done. As a motorcyclist I look at some of these holes and see a death trap. It’s time these residents were listened to,” Graham added.

Following Mr Stuart’s inspection of Beverley Road, Mr Dewar has contacted The Department for Transport in a bid to have the road upgraded to a B-road.

David England, engineer for ERYC Highways Department, was also invited to attend the meeting however, Mr England was unable to attend due to illness.

A spokesperson for ERYC said: “Unfortunately David was ill last week and was not able to attend the meeting, it was nothing against either Mr Dewar or Graham. It may have been the invitation was sent via email and due to his illness David wasn’t here to answer it.

“I have had a look into Mr Dewar’s complaints and it looks as if Highways haven’t received any calls for two years for that stretch of road from Mr Dewar or any other residents. We have no history of calls or correspondence since April 2010. We sent an engineer to inspect on Monday and there are potholes. They will be fixed shortly.”

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