HIGHWAYS chiefs hope to spend £40,000 to strengthen damaged road verges.
Ellesmere Port & Neston Highways & transportation Local Joint Committee wants to use plastic geogrid strengtheners to toughen-up those verges which motorists cannot avoid parking on.
'On many narrow urban roads, residents have little or no alternative but to park their cars off the carriage-way.
'This practice inevitably leads to verges becoming hazardous, unsightly and rutted,' said a report by district engineer Kieran Collins.
Councillors also aim to raise kerb levels outside schools and shops to prevent cars waiting temporarily, and install posts on kerbs for the same purpose.
The £40,000 cost of the work is being shared jointly by the county and borough councils.
They have identified the following for work to be carried out, and the cost involved: n Overpool Road (£20,000), Tennyson Road (£4,600), Denbigh Court, Stanney (£600), Rochester Drive (£3,800), all in Ellesmere Port.
* Elm Green and Mill Green (both £1,250), and Hadlow Road (£5,000), all Willaston.
* Vernon Avenue (£1,500) in Hooton.
* Sydney Road (£2,000) in Neston.
For those verges where plastic geogrid strengtheners will be used, the areas will be coned or barricaded off until the grass has become established, added Mr Collins.