First thing this morning I got a message from a friend of mine to the effect that the relatively new memorial bench placed atop Clieves Hill in Aughton as a tribute to Melling cyclist and Parish Councillor Allison Doyle was in a sorry state.
Alison was killed in an accident on Bold Lane in Aughton a couple of years ago and the bench was errected in her memory by friends and family. I’ve blogged about this previously of course.
So off I went on my daily bike ride and when I got to Clieves Hill this is what I found:-
It strikes me that this damage has been done by a vehicle, maybe reversing into it?
I’ve sent copies of the photos to one of her cycling friends.
With thanks to Hazel McGuinness for the lead to this posting
Well, I mentioned in my review of 2018 that Bold Lane in Aughton had still not been resurfaced so imagine my surprise when I was out cycling in Aughton yesterday and my eyes fell upon this sign in Bold Lane:-
You can make out some of the poor surface in the shot below but the worst of it is further up the lane on both carriageways
Obviously, I’m glad that Lancashire County Council are finally getting around to resurfacing a lane that in recent times has been in pretty awful condition. However, I still wonder whether if the lane had been resurfaced a year ago (at least) Melling resident and Parish Councillor Alison Doyle would still be with us.
Notes:- My understanding is that a pothole in Bold Lane was a significant factor in the accident when Alison Doyle was killed whilst cycling with Sefton Velo Cycling Club.
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Melling residents will recall with great sadness the recent death of one of their Parish Councillors – Alison Doyle – in a cycling accident on Aughton’s Bold Lane back in August.
I raise the matter again as yesterday I cycled up Bold Lane due to my alternative and usual route via Sandy Lane being closed for roadworks. I virtually never cycle up Bold Lane because the surface of the road, north of the Sandy Lane junction, is very poor as I’ve mentioned in previous postings going back to February of this year.
Sadly, if anything the surface has deteriorated even more and a section of it is breaking up badly. The odd patch repair has been done but clearly some major resurfacing of say a hundred yards or so is urgently required. What I can’t get my head around is why Lancashire County Council has not done the work even if only in memory of Cllr. Doyle’s death.
I stopped to take some photos of the flowers at the side of the road where the accident took place:-
While I was stopped another cyclist came along and we talked about the condition of the road surface. We agreed that Lancs County Council really does need to get on with the resurfacing because not only had that terrible accident taken place due of a pothole but the surface had been marked out for repairs months ago but little has actually happened and the markings have now been all but worn/washed away.
I’ve raised the matter with Lancashire County Council hoping that they will get this road surface sorted before we have another serious accident.
Alison was a member of Sefton Velo Cycling Club.
The lead photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-