Resident calls ‘shoddy’ pot
hole repairs ‘sticking plaster’

The potholes on Bellwater Bank
The potholes on Bellwater Bank

‘Temporary’ repairs to potholes on a road branded ‘dangerous’, are a ‘sticking plaster and a total waste of tax payers’ money’ according to one resident.

Irene Seymour, of Bellwater Bank, Eastville, says she has been trying to get the potholes fixed on the road near her home since November last year after her own vehicle was damaged.

The potholes on Bellwater Bank

The potholes on Bellwater Bank

In desperation, she called national campaigner Mark Morrell (AKA Mr Pothole), who used FOI requests and Lincolnshire County Council’s (LCC) own policies to get them repaired on Friday, May 5.

“However, the work is short of anything resembling a repair that will last for anything more than a few months - if that,” Ms Seymour told The Standard.

“The repairs are just a sticking plaster and a total waste of tax payers’ money”

Ms Seymour described the road as ‘dangerous’.

Mr Morrell said that when he first looked at the road he ‘couldn’t believe it was a public road’.

He said the repairs were ‘not brilliant’ and said he would be pushing LCC to do something longer term.

However, he praised the highways authority’s quick response to his own queries.

He expected the problem to be with funding, adding: “I do have some sympathy in terms of funding because successive governments have chosen to under-invest in road networks.”

LCC’s executive member for highways and transportation Coun Richard Davies said that about 90 potholes were filled in the area of Hobhole Bank and described the road as ‘a single tracked road which leads to farm fields and is subject to consistent agricultural traffic’.

He said the minor road network was not designed for large or heavy vehicles and was more susceptible to damage through ‘normal’ wear and tear.

He said: “The temporary repairs were undertaken as soon as possible to fill any deep potholes and to resolve any safety issues for road users.

“Any permanent repairs will have to be planned and programmed when resources and the weather are appropriate. All permanent works are prioritised according to the work type, need condition, use of the road and the budgets available.”

He pointed to substantial budget cuts at LCC, ‘including having to save £41m this 
year’.

“We cannot indicate at this time, when or if any permanent works will be carried out,” he said.