THE CREATIVE WAY TO POINT OUT POT HOLES
Neighbours ‘dress up’ holes in the road to highlight the problem
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 www.buckscc.gov. 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