Potholes cause residents misery

Pot holes in Mattock Crescent in Torrisholme.
Pot holes in Mattock Crescent in Torrisholme.

Residents are raging over the state of our district’s streets.

Dangerous potholes are causing injury and damage, and have turned our roads into a minefield.

Although county highways bosses have spent over £77m on pothole repairs in three years, they have also paid out £134,475 to motorists for damage to their vehicles caused by potholes.

“The condition of our road is atrocious,” said a resident of Walker Grove in Heysham.

“It looks like a dirt track and it’s really dangerous. It’s absolutely disgraceful what we have to put up with.”

A resident of Mattock Crescent in Torrisholme said: “The street is absolutely dreadful.

“We have been promised that something might be done and it might be this year, but in the meantime it’s not doing any good for the cars travelling up and down this road.”

Martin Turner claims his wife Susan broke her ankle after it was caught in a pothole on Carleton Street in Morecambe.

“It happened a few months ago but she’s still having physio and has only just gone back to work,” said Mr Turner.

“She went over on her ankle and suffered a hairline fracture. It still hurts her now.”

In March, three road traffic collisions occurred in the same place at the same time over three consecutive days in Quernmore Road, between Caton and Lancaster, resulting in injuries and vehicles ending up in a field.

John Leech, who lives in Slyne-with-Hest, said the county council should do a proper job once and for all.

“Why do they keep doing temporary repairs?

“In Manor Avenue, they’ve ended up patching an already patched-up pothole, and now the original patch is cracked.

“There’s another one in Prospect Drive that just gets bigger and bigger.

“They should have done a proper job in the first place.”

Lancashire County Council said it does not have a specific budget for pothole repairs, and the spend depends on the number of potholes reported and its aim to repair them all within 30 days.

The county council said it had also invested £29m on road improvements, including new surfacing, and said the police were still investigating the cause of the incidents in Quernmore Road.

Andy Ashcroft, the county council’s highways manager for Lancaster, said: “The spring is always the time of year that we have the most potholes to fix, principally because they are caused by the freeze, thaw action of winter weather.

“We will carry out a full programme of resurfacing schemes in coming months .” the roads will be in much better condition by the autumn.”