"Lethal" road can damage up to nine cars a day, Herefordshire woman claims

Ledbury Reporter: The stretch of road between Leysters and Kimbolton which is in a "lethal" condition. The stretch of road between Leysters and Kimbolton which is in a "lethal" condition.

A "LETHAL" county road is in such a poor condition that up to nine cars have been damaged in one day according to one local woman.

Charlotte Dukes initially contacted Herefordshire Council last summer to report the "significant" issues on a stretch of the A4112 – between Leysters and Kimbolton

A number of short-term repairs were made but Charlotte claims these were only "quick-fixes".

“What has now happened is that the temporary repairs that were made last year have completely disintegrated,” she said.

“Furthermore, the road is in such a poor condition in general that other holes are opening up in new places too. I said at the time that I last contacted the council that the road needed full and proper resurfacing and this has not happened, and it is an issue that needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

Charlotte claims that just earlier this month – on January 9 – she witnessed up to nine cars damaged due to the condition of the road.

“Due to oncoming traffic, I and many others were forced into one particularly large pothole. I was lucky enough to be aware of this pothole – and the others – and was therefore going slowly enough to avoid causing damage to my vehicle.

“Not so the three other drivers I came across in the space of a minute who were changing wheels at the side of the road as a result of this pothole.

“On my way home an hour later, I came across another two drivers changing wheels on the same stretch of road. A neighbour I spoke to who had travelled this road an hour after I returned home had seen an additional four vehicles with flat tyres again on the same stretch of road.”

And although work has been carried out on two separate occasions and two of the worst potholes have been fixed, several others remain untouched, she says.

“I have never known an 'A' road to be in such lethal condition and I am frankly stunned that this council believes they can ignore such a huge problem.”

Kerry Thomson, communications officer at Herefordshire Council, said that some "reactive, temporary" repairs had been carried out along the stretch last week and the area is now included for consideration for the future programme of works for permanent repair.

“Inspections to this stretch of highway are conducted on a monthly basis and repair work needed is logged, however we are aware that some potholes which have been categorised at a certain degree of lower urgency may deteriorate more quickly than usual due to the weather and time of year,” she added.

“We are monitoring this and responding as appropriate and any potholes that pose immediate danger will be made safe within 24 hours.”

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10:30am Thu 16 Jan 14

Mr.Herefordian says...

We were told that Bellfour Beatty were going to use £20 million of their money, on loan to properly repair our highways. Now I read that that has been dropped as now our council is going to borrow this amount.
BB are carrying on as Amey did by so called temporary repairs which last about two weeks.
We were told that Bellfour Beatty were going to use £20 million of their money, on loan to properly repair our highways. Now I read that that has been dropped as now our council is going to borrow this amount. BB are carrying on as Amey did by so called temporary repairs which last about two weeks. Mr.Herefordian

11:02am Thu 16 Jan 14

silentbull2 says...

It's not only that road though
There are hundreds of roads with thousands of pot holes just around herefordshire
Go for drive Hereford on the A roads and you'll think it's bad
'Then' go around the estates (any of them) and you'll find in places that it's like driving around bomb graters! !!
The roads around the county have been patched up/ filled in for so long (like the state of the city it self) that supports going to cost even more (millions!!!!) To get them to the state they were in just 10 years ago!!!(and then it was considered bad).
Without help off the government ( and they waste billions) the county roads are just going to get worse!!!
It's not only that road though There are hundreds of roads with thousands of pot holes just around herefordshire Go for drive Hereford on the A roads and you'll think it's bad 'Then' go around the estates (any of them) and you'll find in places that it's like driving around bomb graters! !! The roads around the county have been patched up/ filled in for so long (like the state of the city it self) that supports going to cost even more (millions!!!!) To get them to the state they were in just 10 years ago!!!(and then it was considered bad). Without help off the government ( and they waste billions) the county roads are just going to get worse!!! silentbull2

11:43am Thu 16 Jan 14

Chaltis says...

I've been reporting the potholes on the lane outside my house for the last 3 years, with absolutely no result - not even an inspection.

My neighbour and I have started repairing it ourselves because otherwise it would be damaging for our own vehicles.

We're all aware that Herefordshire is broke but road repairs are a matter of public safety and should take precedence and attract the necessary spending. Otherwise, where is my Council Tax going? Was the Council Tax spending statement I got last March just fiction?
I've been reporting the potholes on the lane outside my house for the last 3 years, with absolutely no result - not even an inspection. My neighbour and I have started repairing it ourselves because otherwise it would be damaging for our own vehicles. We're all aware that Herefordshire is broke but road repairs are a matter of public safety and should take precedence and attract the necessary spending. Otherwise, where is my Council Tax going? Was the Council Tax spending statement I got last March just fiction? Chaltis

2:39pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Everywhere says...

Why Oh Why did BB spend over a week clearing , preparing and completely tarmacking the narrow 500m single file lane that runs between the entrance to Stretton Nursing Home and the Credenhill Rd that runs between the Bell at Tillington and Credenhill . This lane on a busy day had no more than 20 vehicles a day travelling on it . Such a waste of money when there are so many more demanding areas / potholes to be repaired .
Why Oh Why did BB spend over a week clearing , preparing and completely tarmacking the narrow 500m single file lane that runs between the entrance to Stretton Nursing Home and the Credenhill Rd that runs between the Bell at Tillington and Credenhill . This lane on a busy day had no more than 20 vehicles a day travelling on it . Such a waste of money when there are so many more demanding areas / potholes to be repaired . Everywhere

5:16pm Thu 16 Jan 14

jarvis 2 says...

Chaltis wrote:
I've been reporting the potholes on the lane outside my house for the last 3 years, with absolutely no result - not even an inspection.

My neighbour and I have started repairing it ourselves because otherwise it would be damaging for our own vehicles.

We're all aware that Herefordshire is broke but road repairs are a matter of public safety and should take precedence and attract the necessary spending. Otherwise, where is my Council Tax going? Was the Council Tax spending statement I got last March just fiction?
they are spending 100s of thousands re vamping the hoople office in plough lane then there is the new offices in the old art collage building opositte the cider museum, new car parks on rockfeild road baling out stanhope etc etc please rember it is there money not yours so please do not expect any thing back
[quote][p][bold]Chaltis[/bold] wrote: I've been reporting the potholes on the lane outside my house for the last 3 years, with absolutely no result - not even an inspection. My neighbour and I have started repairing it ourselves because otherwise it would be damaging for our own vehicles. We're all aware that Herefordshire is broke but road repairs are a matter of public safety and should take precedence and attract the necessary spending. Otherwise, where is my Council Tax going? Was the Council Tax spending statement I got last March just fiction?[/p][/quote]they are spending 100s of thousands re vamping the hoople office in plough lane then there is the new offices in the old art collage building opositte the cider museum, new car parks on rockfeild road baling out stanhope etc etc please rember it is there money not yours so please do not expect any thing back jarvis 2

7:38pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Herefordian says...

I have been on to Herefordshire Council since April last year re the entrance road in Chave Court Close which goes to Council Offices besides KingdomHall, Lads Club, Westfields Football Club, Widemarsh Workshop and Chave Court
The road is like a bomb raid scene from Iraq
The fence which also surrounds Widemarsh Common on the same junction has been broken and lies in a dangerous situation, when Amey were the contractors they at least maintained the fencing
I have been contacting the council regularly from April until about October but let it rest until last week when I emailed them once again. They do not even have the manners to reply to my emails
I have been on to Herefordshire Council since April last year re the entrance road in Chave Court Close which goes to Council Offices besides KingdomHall, Lads Club, Westfields Football Club, Widemarsh Workshop and Chave Court The road is like a bomb raid scene from Iraq The fence which also surrounds Widemarsh Common on the same junction has been broken and lies in a dangerous situation, when Amey were the contractors they at least maintained the fencing I have been contacting the council regularly from April until about October but let it rest until last week when I emailed them once again. They do not even have the manners to reply to my emails Herefordian

10:42am Fri 17 Jan 14

TwoWheelsGood says...

Herefordian - until 30 September last year, Amey were responsible. Unfortunately, when they left, they deleted all records (or, at least, made them inaccessible to both HfdsCouncil and the incoming Balfour Beeatty). So, everyone has had to start again. Balfour Beatty appear to be doing nothing apart from taking money from the Council. Use fixmystreet.com to log faults - at least you'll have an independent record.
Herefordian - until 30 September last year, Amey were responsible. Unfortunately, when they left, they deleted all records (or, at least, made them inaccessible to both HfdsCouncil and the incoming Balfour Beeatty). So, everyone has had to start again. Balfour Beatty appear to be doing nothing apart from taking money from the Council. Use fixmystreet.com to log faults - at least you'll have an independent record. TwoWheelsGood

11:34am Fri 17 Jan 14

Herefordian says...

TwoWheelsGood wrote:
Herefordian - until 30 September last year, Amey were responsible. Unfortunately, when they left, they deleted all records (or, at least, made them inaccessible to both HfdsCouncil and the incoming Balfour Beeatty). So, everyone has had to start again. Balfour Beatty appear to be doing nothing apart from taking money from the Council. Use fixmystreet.com to log faults - at least you'll have an independent record.
Thanks done
[quote][p][bold]TwoWheelsGood[/bold] wrote: Herefordian - until 30 September last year, Amey were responsible. Unfortunately, when they left, they deleted all records (or, at least, made them inaccessible to both HfdsCouncil and the incoming Balfour Beeatty). So, everyone has had to start again. Balfour Beatty appear to be doing nothing apart from taking money from the Council. Use fixmystreet.com to log faults - at least you'll have an independent record.[/p][/quote]Thanks done Herefordian

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