Call for action on pothole-littered parking area outside shops along Fieldhouse Road
COUNCIL officers have yet to contact shop owners responsible for repairing a "hazardous" parking area – despite receiving a petition to do so over a month ago.
Residents and ward councillors of Humberston thought North East Lincolnshire Council's Highways Department had ordered shop owners along Fieldhouse Road to repair the pothole-littered parking area outside their shops after campaigners presented them with a 560-signature petition in December.
But at yesterday's portfolio holder for regeneration and environment meeting, it appeared there has been no further development since the site visit on December 7 last year.
Believing the owners had been contacted, Councillor John Fenty (Con, Humberston) called for the council to intervene and force them to repair their land – but chairman Councillor Peter Wheatley (Lab, Yarborough) does not know if they can because it is privately owned land.
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After the meeting Mr Fenty said: "I am disappointed it wasn't clear that advising the shops on what maintenance options they have hasn't happened yet, but I feel it is clear the chairman understands the magnitude of the problem.
"We are now hoping there will be an agreement with the owners of the frontage of the shops whereby the council will undertake remedial action or the owners undertake the work themselves and bring the site up to a safe standard."
The grass verge from North Sea Lane to number 45 is owned by the council and because of the petition it is included in the Highways works programme and will be repaired by spring.
Campaigners hope an agreement with the shop owners will be reached by then so work on the shop fronts is carried out at the same time.
Mr Fenty added: "We are delighted pressure from ward councillors and residents managed to get a large section of Fieldhouse Road into the works management programme and are hopeful matters will now move forward quickly."
As many of the shops are on leases, officers will now trace the landowners and tell them repairs need to be done.
Mr Wheatley said: "It is the landowners' responsibility to get this land tidied up. This road is in a bad condition and something needs to be done. There is a long list of prioritised works and repairs on the Highways programme and with the cuts there is even more pressure on Highways."