Lack of action frustrates residents of cul-de-sac

Michael Turney has problems with potholes in Wodhams Drive, Brackley
Michael Turney has problems with potholes in Wodhams Drive, Brackley
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Potholes in a Brackley cul-de-sac are so big residents claim they can actually lie down in them – but despite this they have not yet been filled in.

Residents in Wodhams Drive have been suffering the potholes for several years, but despite many concerned residents having reported them to Northamptonshire County Council not much has been done about it.

Michael Turney, 68, who has lived in the close for 27 years, said: “I think it was about a year ago when they came around, filled in about five or six potholes, drove over 25, filled in a few more after that and then left.”

He added he reported the problem about six months ago to the council’s Street Doctor service but got the reply the road had been looked at but was not deemed to be bad enough.

This summer, notes appeared in the street informing people that it was being resurfaced from August 5, with one sign still remaining by the roadside. “They were up for about a week and then disappeared and we haven’t heard anything since,” said Mr Turney, who added something needs to be done urgently, as one of his neighbours had his car fail its MOT on a fractured coil spring, which he blames on the potholes.

A county council spokesman said: “We recognise that the condition of the roads in the county, like elsewhere in the country, has deteriorated over the past few years. We’re doing all we can to bring improvements and have been carrying out a programme of proactive resurfacing works throughout the county.

“Wodhams Drive is one of the areas on the schedule for resurfacing work. Work should have started in August but the scale of the amount of the repair work across the county means that we are behind schedule.”