Pothole anger after road damaged car

Susan Buckley is angry at council for not repairing pot holes in Upton. She has complained and has put a claim into council for damage to car after driving over pot holes
Susan Buckley is angry at council for not repairing pot holes in Upton. She has complained and has put a claim into council for damage to car after driving over pot holes

AN UPTON woman has joined the fight against the vast number of potholes littering roads in the Express area after her car was damaged by the holes near her home.

Susan Buckley, of Beacon Drive, said driving over the holes along New Lane in Upton had snapped the back suspension spring on her car which cost £80 to be replaced.

She said: “The mechanic told me this was not due to normal wear and tear, and that is was caused by the car hitting holes and banging on the road.”

Mrs Buckley, 33, said the holes were at least a foot wide and one measured 10cm deep.

She has complained to the council at least six times about the holes since December 2010.

She said: “I have read that the council said 99 per cent of the potholes in the district have been filled, so if that is the case Upton must be in the last one per cent to be sorted.

“I am so angry the roads have been left as they have. It is dangerous.

“We pay car tax and council tax and expect things like this to be sorted out.”

She made a claim to the council on Monday to pay for the damage and said council workers came out on Tuesday to mark around the holes ready for them to be filled in.

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

But despite work starting in April, many of the roads in the Express area have still not been repaired.

Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett said: “If we have another winter like last, the local roads will deteriorate even further.”

Graham West, highways manager for Wakefield Council, said: “We are sorry to hear about the damage to Mrs Buckley’s car.

“Wakefield Council commits all available resources to ensure motorists can travel across the district in the safest possible way.

“Highway defects are repaired in a consistent way across the 6,000 plus streets and in accordance with our safety policy.

“Whilst we inspect the roads we can’t visit each road daily and call for residents to report serious highway defect via our contact centre on 0845 8 506 506.”