Report by Tom Wright , Reporter
Friday, June 8, 2012
YATTON High Street is beginning to look like a ‘ghetto’ according one resident, as North Somerset Council admits it cannot afford to repair it.
Antony Perry said Yatton’s main road had become dangerous due to the large number of potholes and a damaged drain cover.
When he called the council to alert them of the problems, he was told emergency work would be carried out on the drain cover. Three weeks have passed since without any action.
Mr Perry said: “A child or adult crossing the road could be seriously injured as there foot and leg can drop straight through the gap.
“To be honest, it is looking more like a ghetto than a High Street - potholes everywhere, broken curbs and drains, rubbish and rotting vegetation on the pathways.
“It is not a case of if, but when, someone is badly injured by tripping on a hole in the footpath and falling into the road.”
It is the latest High Street complaint against the council, following calls from mothers that work needs to be done to prevent vehicles mounting the pavement and coming within inches of children walking to school.
A council spokesman said the High Street was a road listed for resurfacing but budgetary constraints meant the road could not be repaired until 2013/2014 at the earliest.
She said blockades had been put up around the broken drain to ensure no-one is injured before the work can be carried out.