MORE than 140 people have signed a petition to get the potholes fixed along the main road between Kingstone and Clehonger.

Christopher Clarke, who lives locally, set up the petition after damaging his Rover 75 while driving along the B4349 on January 27.

The bump damaged one of his wheels and punctured the tyre.

Mr Clarke says there are about a dozen potholes on that stretch of road and is calling on Herefordshire Council to repair them.

“The problem is the road is just breaking up in many places,” Mr Clarke said.

“This is the main route to Kingstone high school and primary school where parents travel on a daily basis.

“Many parents have to swerve and try to avoid hitting the potholes on the way to school.

“Something needs to be done about the state of this road.”

The repair work and new tyre cost Mr Clarke more than £100. He submitted a claim to Herefordshire Council but it was rejected.

When asked if he could appeal the decision he was told there was no such process.

He also said the letter he received from Balfour Beatty Living Places was not very professional.

“It’s full of mistakes. They put that the incident date was February 27, 2019, and it says the letter was sent out on January 21, 2020, which would have been almost a week before I hit the pothole.”

Herefordshire Council and Balfour Beatty spokesman confirmed they reviewed a claim about a pothole in Kingstone.

“The review concluded that no compensation could be offered and that there was no evidence that Herefordshire Council and Balfour Beatty Living Places were in breach of statutory duty,” he said.

“There is no statutory right to appeal, however should the member of public have any queries relating to our correspondence, we would encourage them to contact us. We take reports of potholes very seriously and ask that the public report details of any potholes via Herefordshire Council’s report-it page or by calling 01432 261800 with urgent enquiries.”