Our fight to fix danger potholes

Tony Cartwright is disgusted at the pot holes outside his home.'Pictured L/R: Cllr Wilf Benson and Tony Cartwright with the potholes on Stockingate South Kirkby.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
Tony Cartwright is disgusted at the pot holes outside his home.'Pictured L/R: Cllr Wilf Benson and Tony Cartwright with the potholes on Stockingate South Kirkby.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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THE Express is joining local councillors, drivers and residents who have had enough of dangerous potholes plaguing our roads - and are calling on Wakefield Council to sort it out.

The council was allocated £830,000 by the Government in April towards road improvements - with £250,000 solely dedicated to tackling potholes.

But despite work starting in April in other areas across the district, roads in South Elmsall, South Kirkby and Hemsworth are still waiting for repairs.

District councillor for South Elmsall and South Kirkby, Wilf Benson, said that despite persistent complaints to the authority since January about the ‘dangerous’ state of the roads, nothing has been done.

He said: “It seems as though other areas across the district have been dealt with, but we have been ignored. No-one seems bothered about the South East of the district, we are always the last in the queue to be dealt with.

“The potholes are extremely dangerous for drivers and people crossing the road, especially elderly people. There are masses of them and they are really big, some are at least three inches deep. The council need to sort this out before someone gets hurt.”

Roads littered with potholes include East Avenue, Ash Grove, and Westfield Lane in South Elmsall, and Mill Lane and Stockingate in South Kirkby.

Tony Cartwright, 69, of Stockingate, said he had suffered the effects of the potholes and had also complained to the council.

He said: “My roof slates have cracked because of the vibrations that are caused by wagons driving over the potholes. It would be really dangerous if they were to fall off. There are loads of them all up Stockingate. It’s disgusting.”

He said a council worker came out several weeks ago and white markings were drawn around the holes but have since been washed away by rain.

Mr Cartwright said: “If an elderly person were to cross the road and not see them, they would be down in an instant. And I see cars swerving onto the other side of the road to avoid them and that is scary. I think it is horrendous nothing has been done.”

He said a car burst a tyre last month as it travelled over the deep holes.

Mr Cartwright said: “Why aren’t these repairs being done? The council has been given money to sort these kinds of problems out, but South Kirkby gets nothing.”

District councillor for Hemsworth, Sandra Pickin, also wants to get the problem sorted.

She said: “We have got a hell of a lot of potholes too, especially areas such as Highfield Road.”

The Express asked Wakefield Council what it was doing about the issue, and Stockingate in particular.

Graham West, highways network manager, said: “We apologise for the delay in resurfacing this road. We had planned to do the work this year, but because Northern Gas Networks are replacing the gas main which runs along Stockingate we have had to delay our resurfacing plans until after their work is completed. It is now likely that the resurfacing will happen next year.

“We are continuing to carry out regular inspections and will keep a close eye on the condition of the road.”

Potholes can also be reported via the website at www.wakefield.gov.uk/potholes, or via the pothole hotline on 0845 8 506 506.