‘It will become as unusable as the moss road’

Potholes on Heyhouses Lane in St Annes.
Potholes on Heyhouses Lane in St Annes.

A major Fylde road needs urgent attention before the builders move in to revitalise the former Department of Work and Pensions site in St Annes.

That’s the warning from county councillor for the area, Fabian Craig Wilson, who says she is battling hard for highways officials at County Hall to place Heyhouses Lane on the priority list for resurfacing.

“It’s one of the worst road surfaces in the area and has been for some time,” said Coun Craig Wilson.

“The current level of traffic, particularly with the moss road closed at the moment, is bad enough, but once construction traffic starts moving along there for the new development, it will only get worse and heaven knows what state it will be in once the extra traffic to the new supermarket, homes and pub there comes along.

“It really needs the most urgent attention and I am putting on all the pressure I can.

“It worked with St Annes Road East, which was resurfaced a few months ago and it is vital that something is done at Heyhouses Lane very soon.

“If not, I fear it will end up as unusable as the moss road.”

Councillors have given the go-ahead for the development on the former DWP site at Heyhouses Lane, which will incorporate a 30,000 sq ft Booths store as well as 162 homes and a food-led pub.

It is not known at this stage when construction work will start but once the Booths store is open, the retails company’s premises at Woodlands Road, Ansdell will close.

Sim Lane-Dixon, highways manager for Fylde, said: “Every year we put forward a programme of roads for resurfacing according to their condition and the budget available with those in the worst state or likely to pose the most risk if not treated receiving highest priority.

“We’re aware that Heyhouses Lane is in need of attention and have put it forward for consideration in the scheme of work for 2014/15. The final programme will be agreed by the cabinet member early next year after consultation with local county councillors.

“Even though some surfaces may not be in an ideal condition we do respond to reports from our own inspectors and residents, and make repairs to ensure they are safe.”