Villagers’ pothole woes continue

From left, Peter Dean, Kate Bailey and Christine Weatherhead with one of the potholes that has re-appeared. (120426M5b)
From left, Peter Dean, Kate Bailey and Christine Weatherhead with one of the potholes that has re-appeared. (120426M5b)
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VILLAGERS living near Ripon are demanding the county council return to fix potholes on their road which are re-appearing just three months after they were repaired.

The state of Azerley Lane, in Galphay, was featured in the Gazette in February when we reported on how its residents had been waiting months to have potholes up to 4in deep fixed.

Repairs to the potholes in February were made when the holes were full of water. (S)

Repairs to the potholes in February were made when the holes were full of water. (S)

In response to enquiries from the newspaper, the county council quickly dispatched contractors to carry out urgent repairs but the road’s residents have been left unhappy with the results.

“I was horrified with the work because they only filled the holes three-quarters full,” said Kate Bailey, a farmer who has lived on the lane for 18 years.

“It was very wet when the repairs were carried out and it was obvious the repairs wouldn’t last.”

Mrs Bailey, who has had to replace three suspension springs on her car, added: “The potholes are nearly as bad as they were in the first place so it’s just a waste of money. The council wants to get its priorities right.”

Neighbour Peter Dean, 67, a joiner who has lived on the road for four decades, was left equally unimpressed by the work carried out.

He said: “I said to the contractors at the time, ‘it’s a bit of a poor job is that’.

“The holes were full of water and ice and they were just chucking their stuff in – they just tipped it in out of a bucket.”

Mr Dean said the contractors ran out of materials half-way through the job and only when they returned did they bring a compactor for the asphalt.

“Before then, for one of the holes they just rolled it with a van wheel,” he added.

Mr Dean branded the work a “complete waste of time”, saying: “They may as well have waited another week or two until the bad weather had passed and done it properly.”

His neighbour, Christine Weatherhead, who has had a farm on the road for 29 years, said the state of the road was making driving along it more difficult.

“Now the asphalt is starting to come out of the holes, more potholes are appearing all the time,” she said.

“You can manage to drive but you have to watch what you do as if you hit them at a reasonable speed it’s still unsafe.”

In February, the county council said it had identified a number of defects on Azerley Lane for repair and anticipated the remedial work would have been completed by the end of March.

In a statement this week, a spokesman for the local authority said: “The works carried out earlier this year along Azerley Lane were high priority repairs designed to make the defect areas safe for highway users.

“The damage now referred to is not the result of the failure of previous work, which is performing satisfactorily, but rather is due to further deterioration to the surface.

“We have now identified additional localised areas for repair and we anticipate that this work will be actioned within the next few weeks.”