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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Ulverston residents’ fears over ‘danger’ roads

A GROUP of residents have expressed anger over a “dangerous” cluster of potholes that are causing havoc on their street.

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SURFACE TENSION From left, Park Avenue residents, Mavis Roger and Sheila Hutchinson with a pothole HARRY ATKINSON

Dwellers of Park Avenue, Swarthmoor, are fed-up with the bone-jarring drive along the patchy road and have called on Cumbria County Council to act.

Resident Sheila Hutchinson, 51, said the potholes were large enough to swallow a car wheel and there was little room for drivers to avoid them.

She said the entire area was beset with poor roads and it was only a matter of time before the potholes caused a tragic accident.

“There are loads outside the houses and when traffic goes over them you can feel the houses shaking,” she said.

“They have been filled in before, but they weren’t filled in properly, like potholes used to be filled in.

“All the stuff – the bits of stone and grit – they used to fill them with just starting coming loose about a month ago.”

Miss Hutchinson said she and her neighbours feared children walking to the nearby park would one day be skittled by an out-of-control car.

“We’re frightened because, if a car comes flying around, hits a pothole and mounts the pavement then it could taken them out,” she said.

The website Potholes.co.uk, which keeps track of all reported potholes in its campaign to get road defects repaired, says poor roads cost British motorists £2.8bn each year.

It also estimates that on average a road will be resurfaced only once every 65 years and that road maintenance in England and Wales is underfunded by about 50 per cent.

A Cumbria County Council spokesperson said: “When a pothole is reported an assigned team for the area will visit it usually within five working days from the date it has been reported.

“The ‘find and fix’ team will then decide if it is a pothole which needs to be filled, or a minor defect which only needs patching – in which case, it will be added to the team’s patching schedule.

“We strongly encourage members of the public to report any pothole they find so that we know about it and can take the right steps to repair it. Potholes can be reported to the Highways Hotline on 0845 609 6609.”

Have your say

“They have been filled in before, but they weren’t filled in properly, like potholes used to be filled in.== Therein lies the problem two guys arrive with a flatbed with tarmac in the back a couple of spadefulls into the hole whack the tarmac down with the back of their spades job done.

Posted by William Wooleyback on 14 April 2013 at 12:25

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