A BATTLE which lasted 30 years by residents to get a Marsh road re-surfaced has finally been won!
People living in Thornhill Road are celebrating after being told that work on the notorious stretch is due to start on October 22.
None are more surprised than local councillor and resident Clr Christine Stanfield.
“I never thought it would happen.
“The council officer dealing with the project said he would drink a glass of champagne on my doorstep if it happened. Well I’m waiting with my glass!,” she said.
Clr Stanfield said councillors from all sides of the political spectrum had campaigned for the road to be improved and there had been petitions in the past.
Residents say it has not been totally re-surfaced for a generation and highways officers have confirmed that it is 15 years since one part of the road had any major work.
Clr Stanfield said although on first impression it appeared a quiet residential stretch it was actually a well used “rat-run” used by commuter traffic between New Hey Road and Halifax Road.
She said over the years there had been large areas which has sunk and had been patched.
But she said because of the size of the task, although it had been considered in the past for improvements, there had never been sufficient additional cash in the highways budget to carry the work out.
Residents were now “overjoyed” to learn that work will start on October 22 and will take around three weeks.
The £180,000 project will involve removing the old surface, recycling and amending it on site and relaying it.
Although Clr Stanfield sees the work as a victory for residents, she wryly admits, as a non-driver that she will not benefit herself from the improvements.