A road with 41 potholes has been dubbed the ‘worst’ in a Gloucestershire village.
Drivers using Cavendish Avenue in Churchdown have faced a bumpy ride as they head down the street and it looks like they may have to do so for a while longer.
Although Gloucestershire County Council is carrying out repairs before the end of December not all the potholes will be filled in.
According to Gloucestershire County councillor Ben Evans (LD, Churchdown), the road has been plagued by potholes for years.
“They’ve got worse over the years” said Mr. Evans. “I was told about it eight or nine months ago and they were already established then, but they’ve got progressively worse as they tend to do.
“As you look at the road, you can see its been patched up at points before but has fallen apart. As with any potholes if they’re not rectified then they get worse.”
Mr Evans went on to describe it as “the worst road in Churchdown.”
“Unfortunately, there’s a fair competition for the title” he said. “We’ve had patching work on other roads, like Winston Road and Chosen Drive and there are others in the village but at the moment, this is the worst in terms of the number of potholes.
“The road just seems to be disintegrating.”
While plans to fix the potholes are on the horizon, Mr Evans noted that it may not be the end of the road for residents’ frustration.
“It’s really positive that they will be filled by Christmas” he said. “But my concern is that it looks like they’ll only be repairing some of the potholes, and in some places only half of the potholes.
“Another concern is that the repairs won’t last, which we’ve seen in other areas.”
Complaints from residents have focused not just on the appearance of the road, but also the possible damage that potholes could cause to vehicles.
“Because its a residential road, people tend to drive slowly, but people are concerned about damaging their cars” Mr Evans said. “The road also gets busy during the school pickup, and when people are parked it makes it more difficult.”
Mr Evans added that the road could pose a more dangerous risk to cyclists, due to the size and number of potholes.
“It’s a nightmare for cyclists” he said. “We’re meant to be encouraging cycling, that’s meant to be a key strategic aim from the council for the county.
“Then you have roads like this where you can’t cycle because it’s taking your life in your hands.”
The council’s response
David Pritchett, Local Highways Manager at Gloucestershire County Council said:
We are always grateful when people take the time to report their concerns about road surface conditions in the county and following receipt of such an enquiry relating to Cavendish Avenue in Churchdown I asked for a safety inspection to be carried out. The inspection was completed last week in line with our safety inspection policy and as a result we have identified some pot holes in the road surface which have been scheduled for repair.
We have no plans currently to resurface Cavendish Avenue however all our roads are inspected periodically in accordance with our safety inspection policy and we will continue to monitor the condition of the road surface. Road surface condition is one of a number of factors we take in to consideration when prioritising carriageway resurfacing schemes, which we need to programme well in advance.