Get Strata Homes to pay towards resurfacing damaged road at Lodge Hill Road in Gawthorpe

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Strata Homes Ltd are constructing a development of 68 new homes on land off Holly Approach, Gawthorpe, Ossett.  The construction and operation of this development has seen increased heavy vehicle deliveries over an 18-month period, through accessing the development via Lodge Hill Road, Gawthorpe.  This has resulted in a severe deterioration of the road surface to the detriment of residents and road users.  Wakefield Council has made temporary repairs to technical defects in the road, but the surface remains very rough and continues to deteriorate.  Residents do not think it fair that local Council Tax payers should meet the cost of damage caused by construction works.

Where a development affects a highway and it appears to a Council that the highway may become damaged as a result of construction or operation of a new development, Councils can seek to cover the additional expense of repairs and resurfacing under Section 59 (Highways Act 1980) - (Recovery of expenses due to extraordinary traffic).

We, the undersigned, request that:

  • Strata Homes Ltd and Wakefield Council carry out a joint condition survey of Lodge Hill Road, Gawthorpe.
  • Strata Homes Ltd shall in conjunction with Wakefield Council make an assessment of the extra over damage caused to the fabric of the highway and agree on compensation for making good the additional damage caused by the extraordinary traffic and load.
  • Alternatively, Strata Homes Ltd in agreement with Wakefield Council should make a one off payment to contribute to the cost of resurfacing the damaged areas on Lodge Hill Road, Gawthorpe

From Duncan Smith (Gawthorpe Resident) and Terri Sykes (Gawthorpe, Lodge Hill Road Resident)

(The team that brought you Santa Comes to Gawthorpe and Gawthorpe Village Christmas Tree)

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