Potholed Hebburn street is on road to recovery

IN A STATE ... Couns Nancy Maxwell and John McCabe behind the Finchale Road shops.

IN A STATE ... Couns Nancy Maxwell and John McCabe behind the Finchale Road shops.

A £12,000 repair scheme will help disabled residents get back on the road in Hebburn.

Town councillors have found the cash to carry out road surface repairs to the rear of shops in Finchale Road.

There have been many complaints about the state of the road, which has caused problems for the disabled using mobility scooters and local residents. Now work will be carried out on the surface, which is scarred by potholes.

Coun John McCabe, for Hebburn South ward, said: “There are many disabled and elderly people living around Finchale Road.

“The problem for disabled people is there are bollards on the pavements behind the shops, to prevent parking problems for vehicles loading and unloading.

“But the bollards force people in mobility scooters to use the road, which is in a very bad state.

“There is always the danger of a scooter overturning, because of the potholes and generally poor state of the road.

“Hebburn Community Area Forum managed to source £12,000 for the repairs through an environmental budget, and this will mean the road can be repaired for the good of the high number of disabled and elderly people in the immediate area. Hopefully, the work should be carried out soon.”

Pothole issues have sparked widespread debate in South Tyneside in recent months.

Residents in Rothbury Avenue, Monkton Village, Jarrow, made national headlines after the street was labelled one of the worst in the country for potholes.

One resident, Joe Woods, even offered South Tyneside Council a £5,000 interest-free loan to have the potholes repaired.

Coun McCabe added: “We are pressing to get the money to repair College Road and other streets in a poor condition, but the money cannot always be allocated through the capital programme.”

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