Pittville residents furious over refusal to fix "dangerous" potholes
ANGRY residents say huge potholes in their street are dangerous – with one disabled pensioner badly injuring her arm after slipping on loose tarmac.
Selkirk Gardens in Pittville is riddled with potholes, despite the people who live there repeatedly complaining to Gloucestershire Highways.
Diana Morgan, who is registered as being disabled due to crippling arthritis, said the state of the road was a danger to residents.
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The 79-year-old said: "I had a nasty fall because some gravel had got on the pavement and I slipped on it. I cut my forearm to pieces, and my daughter-in-law, who is a nurse, had to come and treat me.
"The potholes are terrible on the cars because they damage the suspension."
Mrs Morgan, who has a disabled parking bay outside her home, said driving to and from the space was a "spine-numbing experience" due to the potholes. "I'm worried about slipping over every time I go out to the car. It really is dangerous," she added.
In May last year Mrs Morgan received an email from the local highways manager, Chris Riley, saying there were "no plans to resurface this road at present".
This followed repeated complaints by Mrs Morgan and her neighbour Terry Higgs.
Mr Riley's email said: "While I have no doubt that the road would benefit from resurfacing we are not in a position where resources are unlimited and our programme of resurfacing is now set for this year.
"I will however arrange for the road to be inspected and any defects meeting the levels in our safety inspection policy to be repaired." Around nine months ago some Highways workmen filled in some of the potholes at the top of the road – the opposite end from Mrs Morgan's home.
However, Mr Higgs said the work was only carried out because the workmen had some spare tarmac left over from another job.
He said: "The workmen said they were just doing it because they had a bit of tarmac left over. They only filled in around 50 of the holes and didn't touch the ones outside our homes, and they are the worst ones."
He added: "I thing that, because this is a cul-de-sac, it's on the back burner for the council. But something really needs to be done about it."
Mr Riley said Highways has to "prioritise" which roads need work most urgently when deciding where to resurface.
He said: "We're aware of the condition of the road in Selkirk Gardens and have been in touch with local residents.
"We respond to all reports when there's a problem on the highway, and we're looking into what can be done in this case, however, we have to prioritise our budgets to make sure the most dangerous potholes are fixed first."