Neigh­bours ‘dress up’ holes in the road to high­light the prob­lem

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: TRHer­bert

MOVE over MTV – Bucks has its very own team of pim­pers in its midst.

Neigh­bours along Croft Road in Chal­font St Peter have banded to­gether and pimped the pot­holes along their street in a bid to draw the coun­cil’s at­ten­tion to the poor state of the tar­mac.

The ‘Pot­hole Pim­pers’ – as we at the Ad­ver­tiser & Ex­am­iner are call­ing them – have dressed up holes, craters, frac­tures and gaps in a huge va­ri­ety of ways: cy­clists, beaches, farms, flow­ers, spray­paint and toy con­struc­tion sites lit­tered the road dur­ing a re­cent street party.

One of the neigh­bours, Caroline Low­ings, said they did it ‘in the hope that one day we will get our road resur­faced’.

She said that around five years ago a num­ber of houses were built at the top of the road which caused the tar­mac to be­come dam­aged.

But she said that de­spite the coun­cil promis­ing the road would be resur­faced it was never done and they have been left wait­ing since then for a res­o­lu­tion.

She said: “We have al­ready had one ac­ci­dent with an el­derly man fall­ing into a pot­hole.

“We have had a lot of prob­lems in the road with park­ing and at the mo­ment they are putting in park­ing re­stric­tions for us.

“They said we should have signs painted on the road but the roads are in such a bad con­di­tion they couldn’t do it.”

Mrs Low­ings, 56, said the coun­cil is aware of it as a road sweeper has vis­ited in the past and they are now hop­ing to be ‘put on the list’.

She added: “It seemed a funny way of highlighting a prob­lem.”

A competition ran dur­ing the street party in which ‘most houses had a go’ at pimp­ing a pot­hole as peo­ple think it is a good idea.

How­ever she did point out that they were aware of the lim­ited funds avail­able for Bucks County Coun­cil (BCC).

Mark Shaw, cabi­net mem­ber for trans­port, said: ‘I hope Croft Road res­i­dents had a great Queen’s birth­day street party, de­spite the pot­holes.

“We’ve been down to have an­other look to see how the road sur­face is far­ing, and we’ll re­pair the worst de­fects that might raise safety con­cerns.

“We need to make the best use of our bud­get and re­sources, which means we’re not al­ways able to re­pair sur­face blem­ish straight away, even though I’d like to.”

Visit uk/telltfb to re­port dam­aged roads.

What would you do with your pot­holes?: Neigh­bours in Croft Road have turned theirs into a beach, a pond, a build­ing site for toy work­ers and a farm­yard

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