Ely resident is ‘a hole lot’ confused over council’s potholes policy

Potholes Lynn rd Ely. Picture: Steve Williams.

Potholes Lynn rd Ely. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A fed-up Ely resident claims Cambridgeshire County Council’s road repairs policy is full of holes after trying to get action on a stretch of Lynn Road.

Potholes Lynn rd Ely. Picture: Steve Williams.

Potholes Lynn rd Ely. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Kevin Morley, of Gilbert Scott Drive, claims he has been “doing battle” with the county council over the terrible state of Lynn Road for about two months, and was shocked when he finally received a response on Friday.

He claims the stretch of road from just before Deacons Lane to just past the turning into John Amner Close (heading out of town) is “riddled with potholes, some of them quite deep.”

Some have previously been repaired but Mr Morley said the repairs have come undone.

He first reported the issue on-line in January but had to chase-up at the beginning of the month when he heard nothing back.

Potholes Lynn rd Ely. Picture: Steve Williams.

Potholes Lynn rd Ely. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant


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However, on Friday he received a letter from the county council’s highways officer James Rigney explaining the potholes do not meet the council’s ‘intervention criteria’.

Mr Morley said: “I think this is shocking. He is basically saying they are not bad enough to repair, but some of them are quite deep and people have no doubt had their cars damaged by them.”

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He is all the more confused as he claims another council officer, Steve Alexander, told him the situation was known to the council and a bid was being made to get the stretch of Lynn Road resurfaced.

“It strikes me there is a real muddle over this. One officer in the department reckons they are not bad enough to repair, while another thinks it is so bad he wants to get the whole road resurfaced,” concluded Mr Morley.

A spokesman for Cambs County Council said: “We did go out and look at the road at the time Mr Morley contacted us and the areas he had pointed out did have potholes but they did not meet our intervention criteria and did not need immediate repair.

“However, we are aware of the state of the full length of the road and we are putting a bid in to try to get it resurfaced. But there are areas in East Cambs and the county as a whole where there are potholes that do need immediate repairs and we must prioritise these.”

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