CAMPAIGNING residents are celebrating after the launch of a £48,000 scheme to drive pothole problems off a road in South Tyneside.
Members of Primrose Residents’ Association and other local people have pressed for a revamp of Norham Terrace, Jarrow, for almost two years.
The road is scarred with potholes, while drivers regularly create a muddy mess by being forced to park on grass verges, while pavements are also in a poor state.
But after a long fight, a scheme has been launched to improve the road and put hard surfacing on the grassed areas.
Val Fay, vice-chairman of Primrose Residents’ Association, said: “Norham Terrace has been in a really bad state for a number of years.
“There are potholes and the place is often muddy, because of the grass verges. Plus, the pavements were bad.
“As an association, this is something we and other local residents have brought up several times with our local Primrose councillors, and at meetings of Jarrow and Boldon community area forum (Caf).
“But we’re delighted the work has started at last.”
Coun Moira Smith, for the Primrose ward, said: “Residents asked for verge hardening for parking and the residents’ association complained about the potholes and the road surface, which were in a bad condition.
“At the July Caf meeting, councillors agreed to use money from this year’s budget and from the 2014/15 budget to complete the work.
“In conjunction with the highways capital budget, they did some joined-up thinking to get the two projects together, which helped to reduce the cost.
“New paving stones to replace the broken ones are included in the project.”
Coun Ken Stephenson, chairman of Jarrow and Boldon Caf, said: “A total of £24,000 will be spent this year and the same amount next year.
“The cost of work to the verges will come from the Caf budget and the road resurfacing will come from the highways budget.
“The local residents seem very happy the work has finally started.”