Potters Bar residents slam 'scandalous' potholes

PUBLISHED: 10:09 22 February 2018

Potholes in Darkes Lane, Potters Bar. Picture: Paul Donatantonio]

Potholes in Darkes Lane, Potters Bar. Picture: Paul Donatantonio]

Paul Donatantonio

Potters Bar residents have lashed out at the "scandalous" pothole-ridden roads that they claim are putting lives at risk.

Manor Way resident Paul Donatantonio said the local area has been blighted by deteriorating roads for years, and blasted the authority’s inability to solve the problem.

He also bemoaned Ringway – the county council’s roads contractor – over its reporting system, which he claimed means only specifically reported potholes get repaired, while unreported ones nearby are left.

“The state of the roads, the fact that it’s been like that for so long, the way potholes are dealt with – the whole situation is scandalous,” he told the Potters Bar Edition.

“There have always been potholes but nothing like to the extent we have at the moment – it’s the worst I’ve known.”

The father-of-two said that Ringway’s remedial work is merely a “sticking plaster”, and that large-scale resurfacing is needed.

He also claimed the approach is putting motorists and particularly cyclists in danger.

Mr Donatantonio, 57, continued: “It’s absolutely putting cyclists at risk, no question. They are directly at risk and if they take evasive action to avoid the pothole they could end up under a car or lorry.

“That’s not scaremongering, that’s a very real possibility. And if that were to happen we would say ‘of course that was going to happen, they can’t go through a pothole’.”

Mark Lewsley, who owns a taxi business in Potters Bar, said the problem is rife in the town and quite often leads to motorists slaloming.

He added that it has worsened in the last two months, and will continue to deteriorate until the potholes are dealt with long-term.

The county council did not respond to a request for comment before the Potters Bar Edition went to press.

However, it previously said that there were 50 per cent more potholes this winter due to prolonged cold and wet weather.

Cllr Ralph Sangster said: “Alongside the planned investment into the maintenance of our busiest roads, we are investing an additional £29million over the next four years to improve the condition of Hertfordshire’s unclassified road network.”

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