Pothole fiasco

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A HEMSWORTH road is to be resurfaced - despite having hardly a pothole in sight.

Businesses and residents at the bottom of Highfield Road were stunned when they received a letter from Wakefield Council last week telling them not to park their cars on the roadside as it was due to be resurfaced.

Julie Orr, who works at Lloyds Pharmacy, on Highfield Road, said: “The road has no potholes at all. But loads of other roads in Hemsworth have massive ones. Why are they resurfacing Highfield Road? There is no reasoning behind it at all.

“I live on Belmont Crescent and the potholes are like craters on our estate. We pay all that council tax just to reverse out of our drive into a great big hole. It is ridiculous.”

Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett, whose office is on the road, said: “The first I knew about the scheme was when the contractors came into the constituency office last week saying that the road needed to be cleared of cars because they were going to put down a layer of Tarmac.

“The only time I have complained about Highfield Road has been when constituents have visited my office calling for parking restrictions and when it hadn’t be gritted in the icy weather and there was a seven-car pile-up.

“The main section of Highfield Road going into the estate has a lot of traffic but the dog-leg part of the road, which comes past the dentists, doctors, chemists and my office, is certainly not as heavily used.”

The Express has been inundated with letters from frustrated drivers appalled at the state of the roads in after the winter freeze.

Wakefield Council said the work was part of a programme aimed at preventing further damage to roads when bad weather hits.

Graham West, Wakefield Council’s highway network manager, said: “This is a much more cost-effective way of maintaining the roads across the district than waiting for potholes to appear.

“Our highways team works extremely hard to keep the roads across the district safe and this involves a number of different methods. We’re carrying out permanent surfacing work on a hit-list of roads which saw the brunt of the destructive winter weather as well as continuing to temporarily repair potholes. We are still fixing potholes and they can be reported on 08458 506506.”