A road that has “rapidly deteriorated” due to another road’s closure will not get council funding for repairs.

Armour Hill, in Tilehurst, was closed after a collapse in 2018 leading to increased traffic on the neighbouring Wardle Avenue.

Repair work started in mid-June this year to stabilise Armour Hill, which reopened on November 4.

45 neighbours have signed a petition asking Reading Borough Council (RBC) to re-gravel Wardle Avenue, which they say has experienced a “large increase of traffic” since the closure “resulting in a rapid deterioration of the road”.

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The council has rejected the request.

It says Wardle Avenue is a private road and so it has no control over how it is used and therefore is not liable for any damage resulting from the closure of Armour Hill.

The petition was delivered to the council’s most recent Traffic Management Sub-Committee (TMSC) meeting in September.

RBC’s response to the petition will be discussed at this Thursday’s meeting.