THE battle to boost back streets has taken a step forward – and as a result the residents say “Ours is brilliant”!
The problem in Pendle is that many Victorian cobbled back streets are unadopted by the council and are dropping apart, making the surface a big problem.
Residents, Pendle Council and Nelson Town Council have teamed up to repair an unadopted back street, once described as “the worst street in Pendle”.
The potholed back alley at the rear of Charles Street and Rook Street, off Scotland Road, Nelson, was difficult to walk or drive along and needed major repairs.
In a pioneering partnership project, everybody worked together to find a solution to repairing the problem back street, which measures 70m in length.
The Bradley residents whose homes backed on to the alley agreed to contribute to the improvement work. In turn, councillors on Pendle Council and Nelson Town Council heeded the plight of residents and voted to allocate funds for a special repair project.
Residents contributed £3,000 – £100 per household – Pendle Council’s Nelson Committee allocated £10,195 and Nelson Town Council £4,000 for the road to be repaired and re-surfaced.
Mr Mohammed Aslam, chairman of Bradley Residents’ Association, collected £100 from each household. He said: “Residents are very happy – it’s magnificent. At last, people can walk in the back street. I know it’s an unadopted road, and I thank the councillors who voted to get this project done.”
Now he’s hoping the partnership approach will help fund future local projects.
Bradley councillor Nadeem Younis, who is chairman of the Nelson Committee, said: “It’s a perfect example of all groups working together and we’ve got the right result.
“Nelson Committee is prepared to help and work with local residents in improving their areas.”
Coun. George Adam, chairman of Nelson Town Council, said: “We’re happy to help residents where we can and when we can. It’s a big improvement.”
Scott Whalley, Pendle Council’s development and projects manager, said: “It’s been a pioneering project which shows partnership working in action. As an unadopted road, the responsibility for future maintenance remains with the residents.”
Resident Mr William Leigh, of Charles Street, said: “I think it’s absolutely brilliant – there were holes everywhere.”
Neighbour Mr Mohammed Siddique, from Rook Street, added that the elderly and disabled were also benefiting from better access along the back street. He said: “It’s a good job and we’re very happy they’ve done our street. We were happy to contribute and pleased with the result.”