If you're able to avoid going into the centre of Whitehaven by car today, give the area a wide berth.
Badly maintained roads and pavements are one of the worst bugbears of many people and frequently comes up both in conversation and on the doorstep, whether it is potholes, loose or broken paving stones, or weeds growing in the pavement.
I have campaigned to have too many roads and pavements fixed to feel able ever to complain about the fact that a county council or the Highways authority ever finally gets round to doing it, though I might complain that it should have been done sooner.
There is never an ideal time to fix the roads, and it has to be done, but there is something about the rash of summer roadworks which can be very irritating and this summer has been no exception.
Had to take the A596 to and from Carlisle yesterday as the A595 was affected by major roadworks a few miles north of Cockermouth. Appears that this may have finished as it doesn't appear on the BBC Cumbria list of roadworks here.
However, today's work in Whitehaven town centre, including the closure of Flatt Walks near the Castle public house and of Duke Street from theTangier Street junction to that with Church Street has been causing all manner of road chaos an pretty well all the through routes around the town centre this morning. As I say, if you can avoid it, do.