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Watch: Leeds OAP road-menders roll out the fighting spirit

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  • by Alison Bellamy
 

A GANG of feisty pensioners are rolling out the resilience - and a tonne of Tarmac - to repair their pothole ridden road themselves.

The six OAPs, who have an average age of 75, pledged to get the job done themselves as Leeds City Council highways bosses say they do not have to carry out repairs as it is an ‘unadopted’ road.

The neighbours from Crawshaw Gardens in Pudsey bought a tonne of Tarmac and some black tar sealant to maintain holes on their access. Armed with a heavy duty concrete garden roller, shovels, rakes and brushes they set to work yesterday.

David Horn, 77, who is married to Barbara, said: “We decided enough is enough. There has been much discussion with Leeds City Council over the years and although it is an unadopted road, we feel they could help us out.

“There are 14 houses here and we all pay council tax. It seems ridiculous that we have to pay for our own road repairs too. Over the years we have repaired numerous holes several times.”

Stuart Andrew MP has been out to visit but informed the neighbours that there was little the council can do as it is ‘unadopted’, which means they are not liable for maintenance.

Retired teacher Chris McNamara, 64, who filled in the holes, said: “We are not necessarily picking a fight with the council, but most people here are elderly, some in their 80s or 90s. Yet here we are mending the road. We all pay our council tax.”

Glynn Crampton, 70, who was responsible for sealing the holes, added: “They could be dangerous which is why we decided to fill them in ourselves.”

The group is due to meet with councillor Richard Lewis (Lab, Pudsey) to see if any help is available.

A Leeds City Council spokesman confirmed the road was unadopted but was unable to comment further.

 

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