Potholes fury of cyclist who ‘has the scars’

John Irving with the potholes at a junction at South Ormsby.
John Irving with the potholes at a junction at South Ormsby.

A Skegness cyclist says he still has the scars from hitting a pothole last year and being sent flying over his handlebars.

John Irving is welcoming the announcements about the millions to be spent to improve our roads, but he says he is not holding his breath.

As traffic builds up during the summer season, hundreds of motorists and cyclists will use the back roads around Skegness and that is where the majority of the area’s potholes are.

It was in October that John, a member of Skegness Wheelers, was cycling with friends along a ‘B’ road in Bratoft when he hit a pothole, resulting in a trip to Skegness Hospital A&E.

He said: “I was riding with friends when a car approached us and we went into single file.

“I hit a 2ft square pothole and went flying over the handlebars, resulting in me being taken to hospital.

“I took pictures and reported it to the county council and a couple of days later it was repaired.

“What I couldn’t believe was there were others two or three metres up the road which you couldn’t miss, but they left those.

“There’s another one at the top of Richmond Drive where the roadworks have been but it’s still there after three months.

“I also reported one in Kennedy Avenue which was repaired but there was one opposite.

“Nothing will improve until the county council resurfaces the roads properly.”

Last week Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) was hailed as being one of the country’s top performing highways authorities.

In December, the county council reported a record breaking year for road repairs, with 100,000 potholes filled and 380 miles of resurfacing completed.

Earlier this month Skegness MP Matt Warman welcomed the Government’s £1,804,000 fund to fill an estimated 34,038 potholes across Lincolnshire.

A project to enhance some of Lincolnshire’s most used roads will also get under way this month. These include the A158 Partney roundabout and A158 Burgh le Marsh roundabout at Spilsby.

Subject to weather conditions all of these roads will be upgraded by August.

Andy Ratcliffe, LCC area highways manager, said: “We inspect roads on a regular basis, and any safety defects found will be repaired within timescales stated in our policy. The same applies if a member of the public reports a defect, and on a B road a pothole would usually be repaired within seven working 
days by a gang working 
locally.

“If anyone notices a pothole I’d encourage them to report it online on www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/highwaysreporting or ring our Customer Service Centre on 01522 782070.

“Our naming by the Department of Transport as one of the top performing local authorities, was based on our ‘asset management approach’, which means we try to make the most of our funding from the Government by having an understanding of the network and carrying out permanent road repairs at the right 
time.

“This doesn’t necessarily mean our road network will be pothole free, but it does mean that when a road is repaired or resurfaced, it should remain in a good condition for many years to come.”