Potholes causing misery for motorists in Gloucestershire
POTHOLES which have got worse by flooding are causing misery for motorists across the county.
Gloucestershire County Council's Cabinet is expected to approve £1million of funding for repairs at a meeting today.
A comprehensive assessment of the state of county roads was carried out last month. But some drivers say repair work to some areas is long overdue.
Nora Spiers has lived in the Denmark Road area since 1941 and is worried Gloucester's scarred roads could cause an accident.
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"I had to speak up to ease my conscience," she said.
"It would be terrible if a cyclist had ridden into the big pothole near Heathfield Road, got injured and I had said nothing.
"I took my car in for four new tyres last year and it had done less than 9,000 miles. The garage said it was because of the poor state of the roads."
Chris Mullins, who runs his own tyre business in Bristol Road, has noticed a big increase in repairs as a result of potholes recently.
"One driver had to have two wheels replaced on a Volvo V70 and it cost him nearly £800," said Mr Mullins.
"Some of the roads are in an appalling state and although the extra business is good for us, we have to use the roads too so we do feel for motorists. I drive along the A46 every night and there are some big potholes there badly needing repair."
Gloucestershire Highways has earmarked 55 roads for remedial work due to landslips, potholes, drainage problems or damaged road surfaces. A number of schemes already needing repair have been made worse by recent flooding.
Key areas for attention include Halidays Pitch, Brimscombe, Knapp Lane, Coaley, Stickly Lane, Hardwicke and Hawthorne Road, Drybrook.
Councillor Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for communities, said: "Gloucestershire County Council is determined to keep the county moving in the interest of residents and businesses, that's why we're proposing investing this money to repair damaged roads as soon as possible."