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Huge potholes force drivers onto 'opposite side of road'

"I am amazed the council have not classed the area as dangerous"...

A cyclist has complained that potholes in his local area are now so big cars are forced to drive onto the other side of the road to get round them. 

Jason Bromfield said that he is 'amazed' the council have not filled in the 'six inch deep' potholes as a matter of urgency.

The 43-year-old said he has to weave around them on his bicycle and they have gradually got so large that motorists now have to do the same, reports Staffordshire Live.

He says he has even seen some drivers go around bollards in the centre of the A444 on the wrong side of the road to get around the holes.

He is frustrated that highways authority Staffordshire County Council has not filled in the holes on the A444, Stanton Road near off-licence as an emergency.

Mr Bromfield cycles along the road from his home in Newhall to Burton for work each day as a security guard supervisor and says the potholes had got worse during the colder weather.

He said his wife had contacted Staffordshire County Council last week and a inspector was sent out to the look at the potholes and they were deemed a 'non-emergency' job and will have to wait for a while.

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Mr Bromfield said: "The affected area is getting worse. It is outside a shop where the kerb has been lowered and people use that part of the road to cross over.

"It is becoming increasingly dangerous, especially if young kids are crossing.

"I cycle to work and have to avoid going into the pothole by cycling out into the road.

"You have to slow down to ensure you avoid the cars and you can't escape them because of how busy the road is.

"Car drivers have to overtake the area which means they are going out into the wrong side of the road, which can be quite dangerous.

"I am amazed at how Staffordshire County Council have not classed the area as dangerous.

"The pothole is five or six inches deep and is taking over the road.

"I was very shocked when I got the email telling me nothing will be done and I don't think it's fair, especially on those people like me who use the road almost every day.

"Numerous potholes further down the road, which have not been as deep have been filled and no more than three or four weeks ago there was a lorry filling other potholes.

"It's an issue which needs to be resolved. The potholes are only going to get deeper and something needs to be done before it's too late."

James Bailey, assistant director for highways and the built county at Staffordshire County Council, said: "We know that potholes are a concern to people and our highways crews make every effort to fix them as soon as possible. 

"We do have a huge road network here in Staffordshire, with around 6,000km of roads and last year our crews fixed around 30,000 potholes.

“This year we are investing over £18 million on pothole prevention treatments, repairs and resurfacing schemes as well as a further £2M on maintaining and repairing gullies and drains.

“All reported defects are inspected as soon as possible and assessed for their severity. Any defect which poses an immediate risk is dealt with as a priority, and we aim to repair dangerous potholes within seven days. Lesser priority repairs are carried out when resources are available."

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