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Is Driffield the poor relation of the East Riding?

‘Driffield is the poor relation of the East Riding’. These were the words of Councillor Paul Rounding when he raised the issue of problems with potholes and uneven footpaths in the town.

Speaking at this month’s meeting of Driffield Town Council, Cllr Rounding said towns such as Beverley and Bridlington seem to receive the lion’s share of funding when it comes to highways and added that it is time Driffield had an equal share.

He wants to hold East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) to account and is urging residents to send their photos of broken roads and footpaths to Driffield Town Council so that a portfolio of evidence can be presented to show the state of the roads and footpaths in the town.

If you go to Bridlington or Beverley, they have brand new footways and highways using specialised stone, not just tarmac, and they are all singing and all dancing and we pay our rates as much as they do.

Cllr Paul ROunding

Speaking to the Driffield & Wolds Weekly, Cllr Rounding said: “Every month at our meetings we hear of more and more problems with potholes in the roads or damaged or broken footpaths and we keep reporting it, but nothing is getting done.

“Slowly it is getting worse and if you don’t maintain these, they will go into disrepair and we are getting to that state now.

“If you go to Bridlington or Beverley, they have brand new footways and highways using specialised stone, not just tarmac, and they are all singing and all dancing and we pay our rates as much as they do.

“We don’t want any more, we just want equal to what they get.

“We were informed that double yellow lines would be installed on the junction of Lockwood Street and St John’s Road.

“I raised this issue over two years ago and they still have not appeared.

Send your photographs of potholes and footpaths in disrepair to townclerk@driffieldtowncouncil.org.uk

“How long will it be before they are installed? Or are they waiting for an accident there before they do it?”

Cllr Rounding has also raised issues about the Driffield cul-de-sac The Horseshoe, which has still not been adopted by ERYC, despite residents being told that once the final property was built the council would take on the upkeep of the road and footway.

“We always walk on the road because the footpath is so uneven. There are a lot of elderly people living there and it is just too dangerous,” he said.

“We still have not heard anything from the council about this despite our campaigns and it is very frustrating having to divert around potholes on the road surface, cracks in the pavement and watch gritters and road sweepers turn around at the bottom of the estate.”

Cllr Rounding received the support of his fellow councillors at Driffield when he said action needs to be taken to improve the roads and footpaths of Driffield.

“The council are just not listening to us and it needs expediting now to someone higher such as the ombudsman because we are not getting value for our money,” he stressed.

“We are collating photographs of potholes and footpaths in disrepair and we will put together a file to present to ERYC and ask what they are going to do for us.

“If any members of the public would like to take photographs and send them along with the location and the date to Driffield Town Council offices on Market Walk and we will add them into the file.”

A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “Our highways team is happy to receive details of any specific locations where the town council feels there are issues that need addressing.

“The local authority works closely with town and parish councils, and they regularly pass on issues like this that have been highlighted.

“All roads and paths in Driffield are inspected by the team at least annually, with the busiest being inspected monthly. Safety repairs are usually carried out within 28 days.

“The council’s highways improvement programme isn’t set aside for any particular area. Officers assess and prioritise all work across the East Riding based on need.”

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