Council inaction on Nottinghamshire road ridden with potholes angering residents

Geri Thomas, 88, points at a few of the many potholes
-Credit: (Image: Nottingham Post/ Joel Moore)

Residents living on a pothole-ridden road in Nottinghamshire say they have "almost given up" with the council fixing them. Around 30 holes of varying depths and widths have opened up in Marlborough Road, Woodthorpe over the past few years.

People living nearby fear the defects, which are at their worst near the junction with Mansfield Road, will damage their cars and present a trip hazard for elderly people. Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) said the road had been inspected several times but it was not deemed a priority due to not fitting the ‘hazardous defects’ national criteria.

Geri Thomas, 88, has written to the council four times over the last few years. "All they've done here are temporary repairs which don't last very long," he said.

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"We appreciate there are financial problems but the council got extra money to deal with potholes. You only have to drive down it to see how bad it is.

"I'm concerned about the potential damage to cars and the tyres. We all pay a lot of council tax and are left wondering where on earth that's going.

"Most of us with cars are frustrated and angry at this point." Mr Thomas, who has lived on the road for 45 years, said neighbouring roads such as Egerton Road and Villiers Road had recently been resurfaced despite being in a better condition.

"What we find frustrating is people on other local roads have had theirs done even though we appear to be worse," he said. "People are astonished that this road hasn't been done. We've almost given up."

Mr Thomas points at more potholes near the junction with Mansfield Road
Mr Thomas points at more potholes near the junction with Mansfield Road -Credit:Nottingham Post/ Joel Moore

Geoffrey Davies, also 88, said the road had got "progressively worse" over the years. "Last year [the council] said they would resurface the road but all they did was one little bit," he said.

"This a busy road that's got five roads off it. It damages your car, I have to walk with a stick, I'm worried about crossing the road. I've got to focus on the road and traffic."

Another resident, Jim Fisher, added: "This is probably the worst road out of all the roads and they haven't done it. It's probably the worst road in the area.

Councillor Neil Clarke, cabinet member for transport and environment at NCC, said: “Our operatives have carried out several inspections on Marlborough Road in Woodthorpe recently, and a number of patching repairs were carried out. With limited resources we have to prioritise repairing potholes that are deemed by national criteria to be ‘hazardous defects’, but of course I understand the frustration of residents that several roads in the county are not in the condition we would ideally wish them to be.

He said despite recent investment, there remained a "large backlog of repairs", adding: "There is no question that we need more funding in order to bring all of our roads back to optimum condition.

"The good news is that £1.5 billion of transport funding from Central Government is being channelled through the new East Midlands Combined County Authority. Once that funding is secured, we can further expand our highways repair programme.

"We’ve already doubled the number of road repair ‘gangs’ working on our highways, but obviously the scale of the resources potentially available through the Mayor’s office would help us to achieve much, much more.”