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 on: March 22, 2016, 10:55:02 pm 
Started by yetion1 - Last post by yetion1
It would be nice to have a night off reporting about the Lane closure but hey this is WMDC we are dealing with and a gas company who think they can pull the wool over our eyes. Roll Eyes
WMDC received complaints are running high but no action other than 2 attempts today to relocate a sign. If you have tried to drive up station lane you will have met one lane almost blocked with road closure signs. After several near misses and a scrapped vehicle contractors we made to alter the signs. 1st attempt was to move one sign 12 " in and put another in front of it. Attempt 2 was to pull the signs to the curb. The 2nd go at least is reasonable. Don't you just love the planning and lack of checks we are paying for! Roll Eyes
Common Side lane still a disaster and a battle on Green Lane. A HGV driver trying to force his way was forced to reverse to allow traffic.
As usual not a Cllr in sight Roll Eyes

 on: March 21, 2016, 09:01:55 pm 
Started by yetion1 - Last post by yetion1
Day one and not a busy day due to the Holidays but as predicted a complete disaster.
Lets take a look at the botch up.
You will read from the letter given by Northern gas that the works are for 2 weeks. Why do the signs say 3 weeks?
Council preparation? So far none other than ignoring genuine concerns. Green Lane needs cones to stop parking. Council say NO. Road signs that say 1 hour from Ackton to LINPAC. Council say no.
It appears as the crap began hitting the good people at WMDC an effort was made last week to create a shuttle bus service from Green lane to Station Lane. As it takes 28 days to tender the contract the bus should be running in about 5 weeks.
The cost to Featherstone retail shops looks about 50 to 200 per shop per day with deliveries cancelled to anywhere over the lines.
Meanwhile looks like the workmen are on a 9 am to 4pm shift. Not 24hours at it should.
One Taxi man tells the story so very well on Facebook with his video. Not sure if this link will work for you all.
Today was just a sample. Worse is to come. As usual not a Cllr in sight...... Roll Eyes


 on: March 17, 2016, 09:56:38 pm 
Started by yetion1 - Last post by yetion1
Oh dear
looks like the old plans are back out for footpath number 2. If this is the finished surface it is atrocious.
Looks like the underground services are fighting back. The ones WMDC were told are knackered. Wednesday evening saw services being dug up but repairs were not possible due to the age and condition. This has resulted today in Fearnley Street being closed for more digging up. Meanwhile WMDC workers continue with their blinkers on. Just like the local Labour cllrs who obviously don't give a dam and are just pocketing our council tax as an income.  Roll Eyes
Who knows this should end up saving some money as different contactors end up sharing the same hole. What a bloody shambles. Tongue

 on: March 17, 2016, 09:44:10 pm 
Started by san! - Last post by yetion1
Its been a while since a response was added to this topic. After reading the previous posts I was reminded how bent thing were. Under Labour all the points raised have now changed. The problems are now a lot worse. Sad

Got my council tax bill today,

2% WMDC increase for 50% less service  Huh

Featherstone Town Council with 16.82? Good to know a council needs funds and a further confirmation of a scuttled ship when they last lost control.

2% increase for the fire service. Considering they are now to become medics on the side they need 10% plus more, and not from me  Roll Eyes

3.5% increase for Police crime commissioner/ police? Considering the police now do something else with their time other than attend our 999 calls the Police Commissioner must be on a right old wage Shocked

But hey the majority keep voting Labour and are happy to pay Undecided

 on: March 14, 2016, 09:24:53 pm 
Started by yetion1 - Last post by yetion1
A positive note on the footpaths. The re-think on splitting the path with a centre stone joint is a lot better. If WMDC could see a little further perhaps they could make a planning regulation that if you dog a hole you have to recover that section. NO more bumps at a little cost.

However back to the real world WMDC were informed that the water gas and electric services were still old in many parts under the paths and needed renewing before re-surfacing. Not lame words. Before the path was completed outside the library it has been dug up as a gas leak has occurred sink work started.

 on: March 10, 2016, 08:41:02 pm 
Started by karen - Last post by yetion1
Another Station Lane cross roads crash........


 on: March 10, 2016, 08:33:16 pm 
Started by yetion1 - Last post by yetion1
Some interesting footpath developments. It appears that the poor quality job has had a re-think! Instead of a Mr Bean approach a new trainee practising Laurel & Hardy style has been adopted along with a new design. Just love the priority over tools for the job...... A JCB to carefully take away the Yorkshire stone on pallets whilst tarmac is hit with a hammer to lay. Just love the cutting into the roads edge surface to change odd kerb stones. The road should pot hole along the edge very quickly making another hazard to get over. Roll Eyes

 on: March 10, 2016, 08:19:13 pm 
Started by yetion1 - Last post by yetion1
It rained fairly hard this week but not to the extremes we are seeing now regularly each year. Common side lane was brought to snail pace as the road flooded as usual. Drain covers again blew off as the manholes overflowed. The same manholes that had caused serious injury over a year ago to a driver.
A week of traffic lights on Wakefield Road for drain cleaning didn't help as the road flooded quicker than ever. The new pop factory development will definitely flood Priory Road as the council reports say on the planning application.
Had to laugh as I was stopped at a red light on Wakefield Road drain cleaning. Looked like a piece of sewer pipe got sucked up and pulled out of the man hole. A big chunk a man could just carry. What made me grin is the drain cleaning man picked it up, walked across the grass to the LINPAC beck and threw it in. Wonder how many more bits went in? Roll Eyes

 on: February 28, 2016, 02:42:00 pm 
Started by yetion1 - Last post by yetion1
How long does it take to change a pipe in Featherstone? Northern Gas recon about 2 weeks. Get ready for Station Lane closed for 2 weeks and more weeks later. There is a meeting on Tuesday at the Last orders. Classic mistake there is no advertised time. After a call the meeting is between 4pm and 6pm.
My opinion, how the hell does it take 2 weeks to change a pipe? Huh

 on: February 28, 2016, 02:37:44 pm 
Started by yetion1 - Last post by yetion1
A second letter has gone out again portraying a different picture to the works seen so far.
What an interesting 1st week.
Since loosing the argument of ownership of the Yorkshire Stone flags running along the property boundaries on Station Lane WMDC have been determined for some bizarre reason to get the land. It looks like WMDC thought they had pulled a fast one this time by using "highway law", (highway robbery). This has now back fired as ownership has again been questioned. But best of all is what is under the stone flags. Without thinking WMDC have by removing the stones confirmed the ownership of the land as they have exposed many brick built coal shoots and cellar windows. All will now have to be dealt with or just put the stones back. Getting the stones back could be a problem as they have apparently been taken to Pontefract to repair the town centre. Should be some interesting insurance claims for flooding, damp and burglary via cellars to follow. Discussion is definitely required.
A usual quality job so far. No hard-core and tarmac laid on mud. The finish up to properties will be awful. As the path is being widened it is sure to become a bigger car park. The paths will sink quicker than the bricks taken.
But hey, who cares!!! Roll Eyes

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