There’s nothing quite like stepping out of your door to find the potholed and unpredictable road surface to be covered in paint and seemingly random scrawling. No, my street hasn’t been the victim of a violent graffiti artist, but the local council has in fact daubed it to indicate where will be ‘fixed’. Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely happy that this process is due to take place but it has taken around two years for something to be done.
The road surface hadn’t got to the point where I’d had to contact my local MP – but it was starting to get that way. It is rough, potted and cracked in places. This not only means more risk to tyres, suspension and alloys but it is just downright unpleasant to drive along. Not a great way to start when you’ve a long day ahead I’m sure you’ll agree.
The white paint (assuming it’s all still in place by the time they come to fix the road) indicates all the various places that will be filled in. So, no chance of a full resurface then? Granted that’ll take longer and cause more disruption so I’ll be thankful for small mercies at this time.
There’s one pothole in particular that I have a distaste for and it is following a right hand turn into my street. The pothole in question is around 15 inches by 15 inches and is around 2 or 3 inches deep. Sufficiently so that when you do happen to have the misfortune of driving over it you get quite a jarring sensation. It has become my arch rival on the journey home – a maleficient being that waits to damage my wheels. Due to the way that cars are parked, it isn’t always possible to avoid it either.
I’ll be very glad when my arch rival is finally gone. Some roads in my area have been repaired recently and although it has taken some time the work isn’t of a bad quality at all. Maybe something would have been enacted more quickly though if I’d have made attempts to get the ball rolling sooner.
My advice? Don’t wait. If there’s a pothole presence on your street, contact your local council. If you don’t have any joy, escalate your concern to your councillor and then MP in that order. If you don’t know who they are, you can use a service like http://www.writetothem.com/ to find out.