Road is tons better for Tarmac!

Filling in the holes with 16 tons of Tarmac (s)
Filling in the holes with 16 tons of Tarmac (s)
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Trawden residents have repaired their own road after years of suffering with a substandard surface.

Twenty-odd homeowners in Hall Road got to work at 8am on Saturday morning filling in craters and potholes when a delivery of 16 tons of Tarmac landed.

Raking it out ready for the roller (s)

Raking it out ready for the roller (s)

Fifty-six of the 59 properties in Hall Road contributed cash towards the £2,000 improvements after years of council unwillingness to carry out works on the unadopted road.

Last winter’s storms caused further damage to the road, leaving it in an almost impassable condition, and homes would flood as drains would become clogged with the road surface which would wash away during a deluge.

A month of preparatory work was completed beforehand by residents who begged and borrowed every bit of kit other than the hire of a professional roller and raker.

It is hoped a second phase of resurfacing next weekend will see it through this winter before potential further work to finish it off properly next summer.

The group of Trawden residents who self-funded and carried out repairs on Hall Road (s)

The group of Trawden residents who self-funded and carried out repairs on Hall Road (s)

Ian Walker, who has lived in Hall Road on and off for 30 years, first suggested minor work with neighbour Liam Evans but never thought what has been done already would be achievable. He said: “It went really well. Twenty-plus of us aged between 15 and 80 put down the tarmac.

“We have another 16 tons coming next week to take it right up to the top. We’re striking while the iron is hot to get it done.

“It was completely undriveable before. It should have been done 25 years ago. You wouldn’t think a smooth road surface could put such a smile on the face of people but it has. It is miles better. It has made a massive difference.

“I set out with Liam not really thinking about this but we had £700 pledged within 12 hours before we had even sent a letter out.

Refilling the roller with petrol on a busy Saturday morning (s)

Refilling the roller with petrol on a busy Saturday morning (s)

“There is probably 200 people up here and around 40 have helped in some way so I think we’ve done well really. It has also brought us together a bit more and everybody knows each other now.”

Just enough time to pose for the camera mid job (s)

Just enough time to pose for the camera mid job (s)

Hosing down at the finish (s)

Hosing down at the finish (s)

A month of preparatory work was undertaken by residents before the Tarmac was delivered (s)

A month of preparatory work was undertaken by residents before the Tarmac was delivered (s)