The house that rocks a baby in Skegness is more likely to keep him awake - because his parents say he’s being disturbed by ‘tremors from a pothole’ opposite their home.
At the dead of night along Roman Bank, young couple Matt Jackson and Gemma King are not enjoying sleepless nights, as they say their home moves due to the constant ‘thudding of wheels’ in the broken tarmac.
According to the couple, the tremors get so bad lamps have fallen off the bedside table, aftershave can be seen swishing about in bottles in the bathroom, pictures have fallen off walls and, in one of the latest incidents, tiles have flown off the roof.
Matt, a plant operator for Ellis Bros who moved into the property in 2012, says he has been fighting with Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) to fill the pothole since last year – and is grateful to Mayor Coun Carl Macey for his help when they couldn’t get a response.
He said: “We’ve tried to be reasonable because we know they (LCC) have budgets.
“But now it’s time to make it public.”
We have worked very hard to make a lovely home for our baby son, but we feel like it is falling apart because of this pothole.Gemma King
Gemma, a teacher at Skegness Grammar School, said: “At first Lincolnshire Highways said it was scheduled for October last year, then November, then some time in 2016 – now it’s 2017.
“We contacted our local councillor recently because it got much worse – lamps falling off the bedside tables, pictures falling off walls and it is now waking us and our child in the night.
“Then last week, when a lorry went over the pothole, the house shook so violently tiles fell off the roof.
“We have worked very hard to make a lovely home for our baby son, but we feel like it is falling apart because of this pothole.”
Lincolnshire County Council says the Jacksons will have to wait for repairs to the road because the pothole is not a ‘safety concern’.
Executive member for highways and transport, Coun Richard Davies, said: “Under the Traffic Management Act we are required to minimise disruption to motorists and prevent an adverse effect on the local economy, therefore work in this area is limited during summer months. Re-surfacing of this section of road, from the Ship traffic lights northwards to North Shore Road, will be carried out in the next financial year. In the meantime the road will be inspected regularly and if any safety defects come to light a temporary repair will be carried out. Over the next year the council has to make £42m of savings so carrying out a repair which is not a safety concern, especially when the road will be resurfaced within the next 12 months, is not the best use of tax-payers’ money.”