Tax revolt threat over potholes

Potholes on Cedar Close in Ripon. (S)
Potholes on Cedar Close in Ripon. (S)
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Frustrated homeowners on a Ripon street have threatened to stop paying their council tax over the state of the road’s potholes.

Cedar Close residents claim their street must be one of the worst roads in Ripon for potholes – but say nothing is being done to fix the problem.

David Parkin, 69, who has lived on Cedar Close for 40 years, told the Gazette people who live on the street feel like “second-class citizens”.

“Other roads are being repaired in the city but we are being ignored,” the former heavy goods driver, now retired, said.

“We can’t understand why our road has not been done when others have.

“I have threatened to stop paying my council tax because I feel like I don’t know what I am paying for.”

Mr Parkin – who has had his tyres damaged by the “enormous” potholes littering his street – told North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) he would be appearing at its area committee meeting today (Thursday) in Harrogate to complain. He has since noticed marks painted by the council next to various potholes on the street, suggesting they will be filled in imminently.

But Mr Parkin branded the council’s actions a “smokescreen” and argued the street needs to be “completely re-done, not just paved over”.

Mr Parkin also said he has rang his new county Coun Peter Horton, who represents the Ripon South division on the county council, about the issue “several times”.

“He has not supported us at all. He just needs to come down here and have a word with us and see the problems,” Mr Parkin said.

And Mr Parkin’s neighbour Mike Contek, 28, told the Gazette: “The council seems to have forgotten about us.

“The street is in a really bad condition and I’ve had two tyres damaged in the last month.

“We pay our taxes like everyone else. Why should we be treated differently? Why should we have to pay our council tax when nothing’s being done?”

But despite Mr Parkin’s claim that Coun Horton has not been supportive of the residents’ grievances, Coun Horton maintained he had visited the street to assess the situation in February and has left voicemail messages on Mr Parkin’s phone. He also spoke to NYCC about the issues, and was assured a council inspector would be sent to the street.

A spokesman for NYCC said Cedar Close is classed as a lower priority road for maintenance repairs but appropriate repairs will be made to the street before the start of autumn.