Calls for busy rat run road to be resurfaced

Wellingborough resident Keith Allen is annoyed with the condition of his street, Stanwell Way. The road is badly broken and full of pot holes.
Wellingborough resident Keith Allen is annoyed with the condition of his street, Stanwell Way. The road is badly broken and full of pot holes.

People who live in a pothole-strewn road, used frequently as a rat run, are appealing for work to improve the street which they have dubbed ‘the worst’ in their town.

Stanwell Way, in Wellingborough, is littered with large and deep potholes.

Residents believe it has not been resurfaced for more than 50 years and they have described it as being one of the worst in Wellingborough.

Despite being a narrow road, it’s used by large lorries on their way to the Park Farm estate and vehicles trying to avoid the Northampton Road traffic lights.

Keith Allen, who has lived in the road for 55 years, has been campaigning for decades get something done about the state of the road.

He said: “Over the years I have contacted MPs, been to council meetings and written letters to Northamptonshire County Council.

”We even did a petition of people in the street, in which 82 people said they wanted it to be a one-way street.

“People use it as a rat run every night and in the morning.

“It’s got a 20mph speed limit but no-one takes any notice of it.

“We sit in our house at night and we jump up with all the noises from the traffic – it’s like thunder in our living room.”

Mr Allen also said he fears the new 600-home Prospect Park development planned for the west of Wilby could also result in more traffic hitting his street.

Complaints have been logged online with the county council’s Street Doctor repair service.

But despite being told on June 29 that work to repair pot-holes had been completed, residents said they cannot tell any work has been done.

A spokesman for the county council said: “A highways inspector will visit Stanwell Way to assess what work has been done and what work still needs to be done.”