Welcome to ‘Pothole Crescent’! Fury from residents over lack of repairs to busy street so riddled with cavities it has earned disparaging nickname
- Homeowners along Glebe Crescent, Witham, have endured the roads for 4 years
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Furious residents who live on a road dubbed ‘Pothole Crescent’ have been forced to buy new sets of wheels and take painkillers before their bumpy journeys due to enormous cavities in their road, which continues to not be repaired.
For nearly five years now, homeowners along Glebe Crescent in Witham, Essex, have endured appalling road surfaces and potholes which are ‘impossible’ to avoid when driving.
Elderly resident Betty Sheehan, 82, suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and is often being driven along the crescent by her son.
‘I have to take pain killers whenever I get out in the car, because bumping up and down over the potholes is agonising due to my condition,’ she complained.
‘It’s disgusting to see the state of it and it’s been like this for at least four years.’
A look at the appalling road surfaces in ‘Pothole Crescent’ in Witham, Essex
Resident and electrician Terry Collier, 59, said: ‘The council come out once a year, measure the holes, mark them up for repair, go away again and that’s the last you see of them’
Keith Williams, 70, walks his dog Suzy with Elsie Hollington, 74, and her dog Tilly and he says he’s afraid to walk on the road.
‘I try not to cross the road, as I’m scared I’ll trip over one of the potholes, or Suzy will get stuck in one of them,’ he said.
Ms Hollington added: ‘Our neighbourhood has a Facebook site to highlight the problems, but the council doesn’t seem to care. It’s been like this for years.’
Furious Nicola Moore, 44 and daughter, Chloe, 19 have recently bought four new tyres for the family car due to the constant bumping over potholes.
‘When we recently had some construction work done on the house, the contractor struggled to reach and park on our driveway because of the potholes,’ she says.
Her neighbour, electrician Terry Collier, 59 said: ‘The council come out once a year, measure the holes, mark them up for repair, go away again and that’s the last you see of them.
‘It’s a joke, we all pay our council tax in this crescent but nothing ever gets done.’
Janet Williams, 75, who also owns a house on the street added: ‘I have to be really careful when I’m driving my car as it’s so easy to damage the wheels and tyres, and Essex County Council binmen have great difficulty moving our wheelie bins to their trucks because the terrible state of the road surface,’ she explains.
Another resident Lisa Cooper said: ‘The council marked up the road months ago but never came back to fix the holes, and now all their markings have worn away.’
Victoria Jones, 51, who’s lived there for five years said the potholes are ‘dreadful
Furious residents at Glebe Crescent claim it is impossible to drive down the road without hitting the potholes
Resident, Janet Williams, 75 said: ‘I have to be really careful when I’m driving my car as it’s so easy to damage the wheels and tyres’
A closer look at the potential damage the potholes can do to the tire on a car
Local Town Councillor and Mayor of Witham Susan Ager said money has been given to rectify the potholes
On the opposite side of Glebe Crescent to Lisa’s house is 51-year-old Victoria Jones, who’s lived there for five years.
She recalls: ‘There were potholes when I moved here, but now there are even more. It’s really dreadful.’
Victoria explained several months ago, two council maintenance workers parked their vehicle over a large pothole and proceded to repair two smaller ones.
‘It’s a joke,’ she continues, ‘the one’s they’d fixed had opened up again.’
In response to the outpour of anger, Local Town Councillor and Mayor of Witham Susan Ager said: ‘The roads of Witham are full of dangerous potholes with just a few recently filled in.
‘Last year two local Essex County councillors were allowed to nominate 36 potholes to be repaired. A figure so minute in the scale of how many potholes there actually are.
‘All I can say is that Essex Highways have been given a large sum of money to rectify potholes.’
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