‘I’d be safer in prison than my own home’ – these are the words of a woman refusing to pay her council tax until issues in her road are addressed.
Janet Green, 73, steps out of her home in Boston’s Pulvertoft Lane to be greeted with a huge puddle.
“If Highways doesn’t do something about it, I’m not going to pay my council tax come April, they can take me to court,” she said.
“If they said to me ‘Mrs Green, we are going to take you to prison’, I would say ‘oh, good, because I will be safer there than in my own home!’”
“There is a horrific amount of water after heavy rain, it’s like a lake outside my home some days. It is a serious situation because if this is not recified before winter, it will freeze over like an ice rink and there will be an accident.”
Mrs Green, who has lived at the address for 19 years, said illegal parking is also a concern for herself and neighbours. “I never see parking wardens here. There are young children living along here – and I fear for them stepping out between all these cars.”
Her own home was hit by a van earlier this year, damaging her window, and she claims there have been five such accidents along the road in the last couple of years.
“There was an horrendous bang,” she said. “I lie awake at night sometimes now wondering what to expect next.”
The surface flooding began around April after Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) carried out works on the road surface.
After complaining to Highways, Mrs Green received a letter in July saying resurfacing work would take place this year. However, a spokesman told The Standard this has now been put back to March, 2014, at the earliest.
He said: “We had to prioritise other routes with this year’s summer programme and so the work on Pulvertoft Lane will take place next year.”
He explained that pothole patching work carried out earlier this year saw the road dug up, refilled and covered over. He acknowledged this caused the depression, but added the work has now repaired the road for resurfacing.
Satish Shah, head of Highways at LCC, said: “Specialist techniques and materials will be used to create a level, highly skid resistant surface. I believe this will provide a long-term solution to the problems that Mrs Green has identified.
“In respect to the issues around parking, our enforcement officers patrol the area regularly and have visited that street seven times in this month alone.”