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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 14th April, 2023)

Fixing the holes

Fixing the holes
Market Street, Standish.

Photo: David Long  (iPhone)
Views: 1,541

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 14th April 2023 at 07:17

Pothole fixing or bodge-ing up is going on apace here in Norfolk too...seems every other road is closed for some tarmac to be dolloped in.

Comment by: Garry on 14th April 2023 at 08:03

There seems to be more roadworks than ever before lately.
What annoys me is when a job is completed, its dug up again in a few weeks time. The job should be done properly in the first place.

Comment by: PeterP on 14th April 2023 at 08:43

There are hundreds of miles of pot holed roads around Wigan and area. Looking at the photo it looks like Standish is lucky to get some filled

Comment by: Gary on 14th April 2023 at 08:44

At least it is being done.
In January I travelled down for a family funeral, driving across on the A69 and down the M6 from Carlisle. Came off at Chorley. Could not believe the state of the roads, particularly the old A6. Anyone driving regularly in Chorley will need a season ticket for a tyre store.
God photo - Standish still looks as I remember it.

Comment by: Sandra on 14th April 2023 at 08:47

We morn about road works, but the work has to be done, what ever drivers think.

Comment by: Arthur on 14th April 2023 at 08:50

They what to head up Hindley Green next. Shocking, full of large potholes.

Comment by: Alan on 14th April 2023 at 08:54

Problem for me is Wigan Council appoint 3rd party contractors to do the work for them. Should be done in-house.

Comment by: Syd Smith on 14th April 2023 at 09:06

Standish is lucky to be getting them done.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 14th April 2023 at 09:55

Alan - the crew doing the potholes in School Lane in the pic posted last week were Council. They were attacked on here....
I don't think, in any case, that the Council now has enough staff to do the work - they can't keep them on between the intermittent grants from the Government which they rely on to do the work in spurts as funds are released.

Comment by: DTease on 14th April 2023 at 10:00

I read the news today ho boy!
Four thousand holes in ( please insert your Town here), Lancashire
And though the holes are rather small
I photographed them all
Now I have enough to build a garden wall.
Wadya mean “Gerroff” that’s what you said last time.

Comment by: T on 14th April 2023 at 10:03

A lot of the time the council contractors are having to repair previous shoddy work done by utility contractors (gas, water etc)

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 14th April 2023 at 10:06

I put a comment on early but it hasn't appeared so I will try again and apologise if it appears twice. It was just to say the photo brought back memories of Standish in the early seventies when I and the other assistant in the chemist's shop where I worked used to have our dinner in a little cafe along that street. It was over the top of a baker's shop and was called Cropper's if I remember rightly. Many years later, when the original Wigan Market Hall was demolished, I got a dvd of it..... , "Wigan Market Hall....The Final Days"....from a fancy-goods shop along that same stretch. I have always had a soft spot for Standish, but, like everywhere else, road works abound!

Comment by: Veronica on 14th April 2023 at 10:28

I think I have said this before…did the Roman roads get pot holes? Probably not because they didn’t get great tankers and lorries driving over them..they only had chariots.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 14th April 2023 at 10:55

Good 'un, DTease! You don't add many comments these days, and I miss your humour.

Comment by: Poet on 14th April 2023 at 12:09

I heard the word pothole comes from the Roman practice of mending holes with broken pottery . Another , almost opposite tale , says it's derived from people digging up the clay from roads to make pots .

' Fixing a hole ' , from the same LP DTease . There must have been big concerns back in '67 .

Comment by: DTease on 14th April 2023 at 13:13

Potholes are like the poor Poet, they're always with us.

Comment by: Malc on 14th April 2023 at 13:30

Irene that's a good thing.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 14th April 2023 at 13:31

I must say we have a higher standard of potholes in Shevington.
We call them “Road surface deterioration” and they are repaired promptly.

Comment by: Veronica on 14th April 2023 at 13:35

That must be why the Archeologists keep finding bits of pottery Poet. Then what do they do? They glue them all back together again and put them in a glass case for us to gawp at! Nutty or what.

Comment by: Roy on 14th April 2023 at 14:23

IRENE, correct, it was Croppers, why didn't you give me a knock, lol. I lived 3 doors away from Joe Croppers for the first 25 years of my life,

Comment by: houghy on 14th April 2023 at 15:17

the gov should get all the immigrants and asylum seekers to help all the councils to do work like this as well as litter picking and keeping our towns clean and tidy instead of them hanging about the streets doing nothing

Comment by: Cyril on 14th April 2023 at 16:41

It's interesting to see that scientists from universities and companies are experimenting in using waste plastic in the construction of roads and with a possible end to the potholes in asphalt roads, also a company is confident that their product will replace bitumen altogether. It would be another excellent way of getting an additional use out of the the single-use waste plastic that's produced instead of it going to landfill.


Comment by: John Noakes on 14th April 2023 at 17:12

A company in St Helens started making insulation material from waste plastic. It was very popular, but seems to have been withdrawn from the market?

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 14th April 2023 at 17:30

Oh, I wish I'd known, Roy! I would have had my dinner and said to the waitress "Put it on Roy's Account.....he's only three doors away"! I remember it being nice and old-fashioned in that upstairs cafe. Even at the young age that I was then, I liked "old-fashioned" cafes.

Comment by: Linma on 14th April 2023 at 18:41

I don’t see the roadworks I see walking day in the 50’s and me on the lead ribbon on the first banner.

Comment by: Sue on 14th April 2023 at 19:25

Houghy....Full agree with you, all these layabouts outside Tescos and other shops sponging for money. Clean our streets and repair old folks fencing and other DIY jobs. Anything useful.

Comment by: Edna on 14th April 2023 at 21:16

I'm sure Whelley, New Springs, and Aspull bet the lot for road works.

Comment by: John Brown on 15th April 2023 at 09:34

To say they have a job on would be an understatement. Some of the roads in wigan are in a disgraceful state.

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