Hundreds call for pothole-ridden Cheltenham road to be repaired

Hundreds of people are calling for a pothole-ridden Cheltenham road dubbed “the worst” in the spa town to be fixed. People are fed up with the state of Priors Road which serves residents across the Oakley, Whaddon, Battledown and All Saints areas of Cheltenham.

Disgruntled residents last week dubbed it the "the worst in the town" and now more than 210 people have signed a petition calling for it to be resurfaced. Liberal Democrat Councillor Colin Hay, who represents the Oakley and All Saints division at Gloucestershire County Council, says Priors Road is desperate to be resurfaced.

His group has set up a petition calling for it to be fixed amid fears the current criteria excludes it from resurfacing. He says potholes must be 40mm deep to be filled but the top dressing of tarmac above the concrete Priors Road is only 20mm thick.

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“Sadly, the Conservative County Council uses a criteria which says potholes have to be a certain depth,” he said. “The top dressing on this is only half that depth. That doesn’t seem to make any difference to them.

“The only way I think we can get the County Council to change their minds is to sign the petition that Priors Road needs to be resurfaced as soon as possible.”

The petition, which can be read here, calls on the council to resurface the road as soon as possible, to ensure the safety of residents, improve the accessibility of our area and prevent further damage to vehicles.

A spokesperson for Gloucestershire County Council said: “We are aware of the concerns about this road – while it does not currently fall below safety standards we understand the community’s concerns. We will review how best we can deal with this and see what can be done. A reminder that anyone who spots an issue can report it using our Fix My Street service at