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Road ‘sinking’

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: October 07, 2013

Councillor Linda Malyon with part of the sinking road

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A ROAD leading into a rural village has become so bad that parish councillors are pleading for highway officials to undertake urgent work.

At the last meeting of Ipstones Parish Council members voiced their concern that Foxt Bank, which runs from the main A52 at Froghall into the village of Foxt, was slipping away and sinking.

Councillor Patrick Stimpson said: “Pieces are dropping off and there is nothing underneath it.

“The road now needs raising. It has got much worse since all the trees along the side of the road were removed.” Councillor Heather Morris said: “The road needs completely reconstructing.

It is no use trying to keep patching it up.” Parish and district councillor, Linda Malyon, said: “There are now drops in the road and with winter approaching it will get even worse. It has now become very urgent that work is done on the road, which is the entrance from the main A52 into the village of Foxt.”

The clerk informed members that county highways had advised that work was proposed.

The timescale given was 12 to 18 months, but the bank would be monitored in the meantime.

County councillor for the area, Gill Heath, said: “I have reported the issue to the highways department and it is on the list.

“Also a parish councillor has spoken directly with an officer about the condition of the road. I now intended to raise the matter again with highways.

Staffordshire County Councillor Simon Tagg, cabinet support member for transport and connected county, said: “We are aware of the current condition and issues on Foxt Road and our highways teams will be carrying out resurfacing work in November. Some additional work will also be carried out to kerbs and iron work before the road resurfacing takes place.

“The geological makeup of the ground in this region of the Staffordshire Moorlands is prone to movement and we will continue to monitor the condition.”

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