Our road's in ruin'

PUBLISHED: 11:48 05 October 2006 | UPDATED: 09:52 31 May 2010

Bradley James Cole is one of the residents appalled at the state of Byrds Farm Lane - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Bradley James Cole is one of the residents appalled at the state of Byrds Farm Lane - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

A ROAD in Saffron Walden has been described as a nightmare to live in by residents who feel it has fallen into disrepair. One lady, who did not want to be named, has lived in Byrds Farm Lane for more than a decade and says the area has deteriorated rapi

A ROAD in Saffron Walden has been described as a "nightmare" to live in by residents who feel it has fallen into disrepair.

One lady, who did not want to be named, has lived in Byrds Farm Lane for more than a decade and says the area has deteriorated rapidly in recent years.

And she told the Reporter this week that nearly treading on a sanitary towel in the road was the last straw.

"The state of the area is absolutely atrocious and stumbling across a sanitary towel was disgusting," she said.

"The pavements are crumbling, there are potholes in the road, rubbish gets strewn everywhere on bin day and dog mess is also a real problem.

"I can't remember the last time I saw the roads being swept or the verges trimmed. It really has turned into a filthy, horrible little lane.

"I'm convinced the district and county councils ignore the situation as we are tucked away in the north of the town, but it's unfair as we pay our taxes and deserve to have the lane kept in a decent state."

She rang Uttlesford District Council, which is responsible for the verges and litter, and Essex County Council, which is responsible for the road and pavements, to complain about the state of the area last Thursday.

"We are not getting value for money from the councils so I told them about the disgusting condition of the road and pavements," she said.

"I have to say a man came along to sweep up the sanitary towel within half an hour of my phone call, but plenty more needs to be done."

Another Byrds Farm Lane resident, Dave Coles, said the situation makes it unsafe for children to play outside.

"I've lived here for two-and-a-half years and the pavement and road have been in a terrible state all that time," he said. "There are lots of families with kids around here and all the dog mess and potholes make it extremely unsafe for them when they play out there.

"The street lighting is poor and the road is generally a nightmare to live in."

An Uttlesford District Council spokesman said: "Uttlesford District Council will monitor the Byrd's Farm Lane area with regard to litter, and will ensure that a suitable litter-clearing regime is put in place to improve the situation for residents."

A spokesman for Essex County Council's highways department said the female resident's complaint was being looked into.

What do you think? E-mail your thoughts on the state of roads in the town to the Reporter at editor@saffronwalden-reporter.co.uk

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