Nottinghamshire County Council says there's 'no hazardous defect' in this road

Potholed area of road with significant worn away surface and big craters on Cordy Road, Brinsley, Nottinghamshire with blue sky and trees and bushes on either side and a few farm-style houses
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Nottinghamshire County Council has refused to deem a gaping pothole as hazardous - despite it taking up almost the entire width of one side of the road. The crater, on Cordy Road near Underwood, has worsened and worsened over time.

But it looks no closer to being fixed. Despite reporting it multiple times, one road user was told that "no hazardous defects" had been identified after the road was inspected, and that the road didn't warrant a fix.

The man, who didn't want to be named, said: "I don't know how bad the damage needs to be to warrant a repair as my photo shows it is quite substantial. I disagree that it isn't hazardous as I have to slow right down to go over it. It's also on a bend so could be very dangerous for a cyclist or motorbike, especially if a vehicle swerves onto the other side of the road to avoid it."

The driver, who lives in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, uses the road to drive his wife to work. He had reported the pothole twice before reporting it a third time after heading to the spot to get a photograph to show the council just how bad it was.

The council's full email back to the man says: "The location you have rised concerns with has now been inspected and no hazardous defects have been indentified. As such, no action is warranted at this time to keep the road in a safe condition.

"Please be assured we have a very dedicated team of Highways Inspectors who carry out reglar inspections in this area. Should conditions deteriorate, we will then arrange for the necessary works to be undertaken."

It signs off by saying: "Thanks for helping to keep Nottinghamshire roads safe." Councillor Neil Clarke MBE, Cabinet Member for Transport & Environment at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Cordy Lane is inspected on a monthly basis and our highways officers are aware of the deterioration to the road surface.

"An additional inspection took place following reports from a road user, and regardless of the technical definition of what constitutes a ‘hazardous defect’, there is frankly no question from these pictures that the road needs large-scale patch repairs as soon as we secure more funds to do so.

“There is no disputing the fact that a large backlog of road repairs still needs to be tackled, as is the case across many parts of the country, so more new funding is absolutely essential in order to bring all of our roads back to optimum condition.

“The good news is that some £1.5 billion of transport funding from Central Government is being channelled through the new East Midlands Combined County Authority, so Nottinghamshire County Council as the local highways authority will be negotiating with the new East Midlands Mayor for access to a significant share of this funding in order to carry out widespread road repairs across Nottinghamshire, on roads like Cordy Lane.

“As soon as that funding reaches the Council, we can further expand our highways repair programme. We’ve already increased the number of road repair ‘gangs’ working on our highways, but obviously the scale of the resources potentially available through the Mayor’s office can be a complete game changer in terms of what we can deliver and achieve.”