Report by Alex Evans, Reporter
Saturday, July 21, 2012
RESIDENTS of Weston have hit out at the state of the roads in and around the town, with many imploring North Somerset Council to repair potholes.
The Mercury reported two weeks ago how pensioner Robert Dockrell felt he could not send his wife’s funeral cortege past their home of almost 40 years due to the poor road surface along Grenville Avenue in Locking.
Now, residents have contacted the Mercury via its Facebook page to point out the roads with the worst potholes and to ask North Somerset Council to tackle the issue.
Roads highlighted include Drove Road, Earlham Grove, Walliscote Road and Severn Road in Weston and Bideford Road and High Street in Worle.
Pete Wade said: “Every single road has potholes, cracks or has completely collapsed. What the council needs to realise is that just patching up these holes is not the solution to the problem.
“When I think of all the people who visit Weston I feel ashamed because of the state of the place, it’s like living in a third world country.”
Michelle Cash said: “Roads in Weston are awful. There are two giant potholes on Drove Road that I have to bump over every day. They look like craters.
“I for one shall be sending the council the garage bill when my suspension goes.”
Matt Reeve said: “I cycle down The Crescent/Milton Park Road every morning. It’s great fun doing the slalom between the sunken ironwork, dodging the pits and there is a raised hump at the bottom you can almost get air off.”
Grant Fraser Andrew said: “The roads in Weston are in terrible condition. There should be someone employed to look for them and help keep the roads in better condition and if there already is, they need to open their eyes.
“Drove Road is awful, as is Bideford Road in Worle.
“There is a huge hole in the bridge next to the Borough Arms pub. The amount of times I have banged into them is no joke.”
Tim Haines complained about the quality of some of North Somerset Council’s road repairs.
He said: “The roads in Weston are horrific. You see ‘resurfacing’ happening on some roads which appears to be more like spreading butter on toast. It’s always a patch-up job rather than a complete re-do.”
To join the debates on the Mercury’s Facebook page, go to www.facebook.com/pages/Weston-Worle-Somerset-Mercury