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Potholes make Ellastone road ‘resemble First World War battlefield’

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

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VILLAGERS suffering damage to their cars are imploring highways bosses to repair potholes that have made a road ‘resemble a First World War battlefield’.

Stanton Lane, in Ellastone, is a vital road for those living in the village travelling to Uttoxeter.

Villager Paul Archer contacted the Post and Times to say some of the holes had grown to become 8in deep.

And, with the government announcing a £140 investment to repair potholes across the UK, he was hoping the problem would be addressed.

But bosses at Staffordshire County Council are not committing to prioritising work in Stanton Lane.

Mr Archer said: “For some time Stanton Lane has been bad with potholes and it’s got to the stage where it resembles a First World War battlefield.

“It has frequently been reported to Staffordshire County Council through the usual channels since before Christmas. But the only response has been that they’ll ‘look into it’.

“In the meantime vehicles, are being damaged when they unexpectedly hit the water-filled holes.

“One neighbour has already lost a silencer. I understand that the council have to satisfy Section 58 of the Highways Act 1980 that they ‘have taken reasonable measures to ensure potholes were found and dealt with swiftly’. Is over three months reasonable for this size of pothole?”

Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council’s transport boss, said: “We’re responsible for 6,000km of highways and improving and maintaining the quality of the highways is a key priority for the council.

“The weather, make-up of roads, volume of traffic and other work can all contribute to weakened roads and result in potholes.

“We fill around 300 potholes per week and, while we understand people’s concerns, have to prioritise repairs based on the hazard they pose across the whole county rather than by specific town or village, with category 1 potholes normally repaired within 24 hours.

“The Government has announced extra funding for road repairs and we will be looking at how this can be best spent in Staffordshire to further improve road conditions for the county’s residents.”

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