Cyclist injured after hitting pothole in Cheltenham road
POTHOLES in a road caused a Cheltenham cyclist to crash as he tried to avoid them.
The man, who has not been named, voiced his concerns to councillor, Barbara Driver, after the crash earlier this month.
She said he was unable to negotiate a pothole because of traffic and park cars in Lansdown, which led to him falling off his bike headfirst and injuring his chin.
Mrs Driver (C, Lansdown) said potholes on the county's roads continued to be a problem in the town.
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And she warned that the county council's highways department simply did not have the money to fix all of the holes.
She said: "I was contacted by a cyclist last week after he had come off his bike because of a pothole in Lansdown Crescent.
"There was a pothole in the road, but he could not swerve to miss it because a car was coming in the opposite direction and others were parked.
"Fortunately, he has recovered, but he fell headfirst of his bike and hurt his chin.
"He is understandably angry about the whole situation.
"The truth is Highways have got so many potholes to deal with all over Gloucestershire and they just don't have the money to deal with them all.
"There is a real problem with potholes and something needs to be done, but there are always money constraints.
"People are able to report it fairly easily and that is good because Highways need to find out where these potholes are.
"But, even if they know where they all are, there is not an unlimited supply of cash to get it sorted.
"The real problem has been the weather. If there is any kind of hole in the road with the cold, it just grows."
She believed one of the worst places for potholes in her ward was the busy Christchurch Road, particularly near the junction of Queen's Road.
Chris Riley, local highways manager, for Gloucestershire County Council's highways teams, said the department had been told about problems on that stretch of road.
He said: "We are aware of the condition of Lansdown Crescent and we will be closing the road to undertake patching works at the end of this month."
Resurfacing of the area is expected to take place between March 25 and April 5.
Mrs Driver praised the team's response to the report of the injured cyclist.
She said: "We are no worse in Gloucestershire than anywhere else in the UK.
"I've been in America recently and they were complaining about the same thing there.
"But that doesn't mean it is not a problem nor does it make it any better.
"If potholes are in a busy road and drivers cannot avoid them because of parked cars, then something has to be done."