Veteran cyclist complains about Stroud potholes
CYCLIST Neville Chanin, of Stroud, has clocked up a million kilometres in 44 different countries but says he's never seen potholes in the road as bad as in his home town.
A member of the Cyclists Touring Club, Neville, 73, from Butterrow, has pedalled all over the world in the past half century.
CONCERNS: Neville Chanin.
Yet, when he leaves his home and heads off up or down Butterrow Hill, he says there are too many dangerous road surface imperfections.
"What angers me so much is that you cross the Channel to France or Spain and the roads as smooth as a table top. You can whip along," said Mr Chanin.
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The retired food technologist has even cycled on the highest surfaced road in Europe on Peak Veleta, in Spain, almost 4,000ft up in the Sierra Nevada above Granada. "I was there three years ago," he said. "But here cyclists have to beware. There are so many cracks and holes to avoid," said Neville, a CTC member since 1949.
He complained about particular danger spots for cyclists on Butterrow Hill, on the uphill side, just beyond the railway bridge, and on the downside through the trees.
"Both parts are badly potholed and broken and have been for months, causing cyclists to venture to the centre of the road to avoid them," he said.
"Recently the cattle grid grating was replaced and it is now treacherously slippery when damp."
John Roberts, Gloucestershire County Council's highways' stakeholder manager for Stroud, said the authority was aware there were some defects in the Butterrow Hill road surface.
Repairs have been carried out in recent years, Mr Roberts said.