A LUNAR like surface in an Uppermill car park is bringing motorists down to earth with a bump.
But drivers will continue to receive a rough ride at the village’s busiest and most pot holed car park outside Saddleworth Museum because Oldham Council can’t decide which department is responsible for repairs.
Vehicles entering the High Street car park must negotiate a clutch of craters at the entrance and numerous other surface blemishes.
Recent freezing weather plus heavy rain are making the holes wider and deeper.
Council officers are aware of the surface deterioration but are yet to agree who should make good the damage.
The Independent understands the car park, partly decommissioned last Spring to allow for repairs to the canal towpath and walls, isn’t classed as an adopted highway so isn’t deemed “a highways issue.”
It is, however, a listed OMBC asset and the problem has been passed to Strategic Facilities Management for their input.
The Council received a four figure sum from contractors last year after nine of the car park’s 29 spaces were taken out of commission for more than a month while the canal repairs were completed.
And parking ticket income from the current financial year is £5,133.
An OMBC spokesperson said: “A council inspector will visit the site to look at the surface and we will then determine the best course of action.
“Officers have assessed the situation at Victoria Mill and we are currently investigating the cost of resurfacing the car park and adding to the maintenance programme,” added the spokesperson.