Rage against the potholes -'They're only fit for tanks and horse and carts' (From Borehamwood Times)
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Rage against the potholes in Aycliffe Road, Borehamwood
Angry motorists are calling for action over potholes which they say are “as big as craters” and causing the roads to disintegrate.
Drivers have taken it upon themselves to paint yellow circles around the potholes in Aycliffe Road, Borehamwood, to warn others.
Hertfordshire County Council’s contractor Ringway is responsible for repairing roads, but despite the holes having appeared over a year ago, nothing has been done.
Paul Statham, of Aycliffe Road, said: “This street is only fit for Sherman tanks and horses and carts - it is too dangerous for anything else.
“It is damaging people's cars, it’s like an obstacle course out there and it is morally not fair. There is only so much cars can take.
“The road is totally worn away and disintegrating. The whole area is going down the chute.”
This year was the wettest winter on record, which has caused the roads to crumble and left cars with broken spores, punctured tyres and buckled wheels.
Lawrence Stack, of Croxdale Road, bought a can of yellow paint and spent a day navigating through the traffic to spray the “lethal” holes.
He said: “People risk so much when they come out here, it’s appalling. Some of the potholes have been repaired but it’s just a quick fix, and they’re coming apart again.
“It’s a disgrace.”
They also claim the mini roundabout at the junction with Allerton Road has worn away and the uneven surface is now dangerous for drivers.
Labour councillor Ernie Butler, who represents the Cowley Hill ward, said: “It’s unrecognizable as a roundabout now. It’s waring away and could cause a serious accident.
“I’ve spoken to driving instructors who are left scratching their heads as to how they’re meant to teach people to drive when the the road is full of lumps and bumps.
“These holes are as big as craters.”
Borehamwood north councillor Leon Reefe, a Labour representative, says the work was supposed to be carried out in March - but work has now been delayed to May.
He said: “The roads are in such a state, and it’s a disgrace. Soon they will be back to the 19th Century standards.
“I have been pressing the issue at county and will continue to do so, because until something serious happens, nobody is going to take notice.”
A statement from Hertfordshire County Council said: “Despite regular maintenance of drains, the sheer volume of water together with lower temperatures has inevitably resulted in some flooding and damage.
“We are prioritising repairs to ensure damage assessed as requiring an emergency response is fixed straight away, and that other repairs are done in the most efficient way possible.”
Matt Kelley, Ringway divisional manager said: “We are aware of the potholes on Aycliffe Road, we have carried out a number of pothole repairs on those which were deemed to be dangerous.
"These temporary repairs are implemented to protect the travelling public until such time as we can arrange roads pace to undertake a resurfacing scheme on the road, hopefully in the next two months. “
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