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Ground opens up under car in Cheltenham street

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 07, 2013

Pothole in Arle Drive

Pothole in Arle Drive

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A BROKEN sewer pipe caused a Cheltenham road to collapse beneath a car, trapping the vehicle in the hole.

And the damage to the Kia Sedona has left a family of eight without the people carrier they use every day.

Katy Griffith and her husband were setting off on holiday with Mr Griffith’s parents, Jane and Mike Lloyd, when the incident happened.

Having just loaded up the car, Mr Griffith was reversing out of the Lloyd’s driveway into Arle Drive when the road opened up beneath the front wheel

Katy, 32, said: “It was a hell of a bang. I thought my husband had reversed into the kerb or one of the tyres had popped.

“I got out to have a look and the front wheel on the driver’s side was in a big hole. It was really big, it would come up to my knee.”

Now Katy and Mike, also 32, from St Paul's, are without their people carrier while it is assessed for damage, forcing them to ask friends for lifts to school for their six children.

Katy said: “The Highways people covered over the hole with tarmac in the summer but it’s just opened up again.

“We missed the first day of our holiday in Devon because we were late getting there, and we’ve now got to claim from our insurance for the repairs. We don’t know whether the car is repairable.

“I’m not very happy about it. And if that hole had opened up under a motorbike or cyclist, or a child running across the road, it could really have been nasty.

“I think Highways should fix the hole properly this time.”

Chris Riley, Highways manager at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The collapse in the road on Arle Drive is a result of a damaged sewer.

“In order to fix the road and ensure this doesn’t happen again, the sewer needs to be repaired by Severn Trent beforehand.”

He added: “We’ve made the area safe, and are currently working closely with Severn Trent to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, which we hope to do with little disruption to the residents of the street.”

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  • spindles12  |  November 09 2013, 6:56PM

    THECHAV, it's "the idiot" here. I don't know how you define the word idiot and also what particular part of my message you were referring to. I'm sorry but I assumed that as you were going on holiday you would be taking all your six children with you, silly me. As you rather peculiarly said "it's a 7 seater car with only 4 adults not no kids and adults ,clearly states that" this must mean that you were leaving them all at home while you went away. It's also obvious why you need a seven seater car. By the way, "not no kids" is a double negative meaning that there are kids which I don't suppose you meant. Regarding your name THECHAV, are you being ironic or accurately descriptive? Finally, in your jumbo paragraph you said "Look here you will have to see the hole,as when the car got pulled out there was a massive hole and it was knee length ,if the echo would of put the other pictures on then clearly you would of seen the huge hole,also your opinion is not needed,if you go there your see the hole your self .this picture doesn't do it justice ,if it wasn't for the bumper and step holding it up it would of been down more". May I point out that it is WOULD HAVE not WOULD OF. Before you call someone an idiot you need to make sure that you are not the one who appears to be one.

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  • whatagreatday  |  November 09 2013, 10:53AM

    THECHAV - You make this too easy. There are several things I would like to point out: 1. "Matt1006 you might want to re read it idiot it's a 7 seater car...." - A poster is on this forum posting an opinion and asking questions. Who do you think you are by calling someone an idiot for simply expressing a valid opinion? 2. The irony of TELLING other posters they should learn to spell. (Admittedly, I did chuckle at the derision of her comment)! 3. There is still a question mark on the depth of the hole. Is Katy saying it is above, below or mid knee...or on the way up to the knee? 4. "As it is still there as highways are not good at fixing these pot holes so why we pay our taxes is beyond me" - Two questions on this statement: a. "why we pay our taxes is beyond me" - Is this a serious question. Are you displaying your naivety for all to see? b. "as highways are not good at fixing these pot holes" - If you read the article, it clearly states "Chris Riley, Highways manager at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "The collapse in the road on Arle Drive is a result of a damaged sewer." The road collapse was due to the sewer underneath...not just a pothole. - So to use your words "you might want to re read it idiot...."! - (But that isn't my opinion of course, just borrowing your sentence).

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  • THECHAV  |  November 08 2013, 5:30PM

    The wheel was stuck and the leaves won't go past it until the car was pulled out ,but I won't explain my self again it was deep clearly the picture doesn't do it justice go look at the hole As it is still there as highways are not good at fixing these pot holes so why we pay our taxes is beyond me

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  • whatagreatday  |  November 08 2013, 2:49PM

    Look at the leaves at the bottom of the hole. The leaves are at the bottom of the hole. That means the hole of going no deeper. The leaves are also touching the side of the tyre, therefore it cannot be knee height (unless it is a short person or an enlarged Kia Sedona) Sorry if logic and reason negates your exaggerations.

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  • THECHAV  |  November 08 2013, 1:12PM

    Thank you galloping bear at least you agree

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  • THECHAV  |  November 08 2013, 1:11PM

    Look here you will have to see the hole,as when the car got pulled out there was a massive hole and it was knee length ,if the echo would of put the other pictures on then clearly you would of seen the huge hole,also your opinion is not needed,if you go there your see the hole your self .this picture doesn't do it justice ,if it wasn't for the bumper and step holding it up it would of been down more

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  • gallopingbear  |  November 08 2013, 11:51AM

    Having experienced several of these road collapses in the town I can tell you that the article is quite right. The photo doesnt show it clearly but when there's a road collapse the road sinks into a deep depression (no pun intended) and then an actual hole appears, with quite a deep space under the tarmac, so it would be about knee deep. You can actually look underneath the surface of the road. Hope that makes sense, it's quite hard to describe. Simply patching over the hole means it will collapse again. Shoddy work that did some damage this time. Next time it could be worse. Accidents waiting to happen all over town. They need to sort it out.

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  • Matt1006  |  November 08 2013, 11:46AM

    whatagreatday - the phrase THECHAV needs to remember is "Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones".

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  • whatagreatday  |  November 08 2013, 11:09AM

    Ha, you couldn't make it up when THECHAV tells spindles12 that he/she should learn to spell. I will copy and paste the first post from THECHAV and see who can spot the most faults with this persons' command of the English language: "Matt1006 you might want to re read it idiot it's a 7 seater car with only 4 adults not no kids and adults ,clearly states that.i have picture of the hole and it is very deep it did come up to my knee and also depression don't you clearly mean impression in the road not depression .although the road does look depressed at this stage". (I counted 9 grammatical mistakes in the 4 lines of her post). I may have missed some. Plesae correct me if I have missed one/some). I must say, I agree with spindles12. The picture is deceptive. However, if you apply simple common sense, the depression cannot have been knee height unless it was a very short person or child. The car would have dropped into the hole no further than the belly of the car. The belly or bottom of an actual Kia Sedona is in fact LOWER the knee height. I am surprised that TiG didn't report the hole as a 'canyon' or 'ravine' opening up though. Clearly the sensationalising reporter must not have been working on this actual story!

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  • THECHAV  |  November 07 2013, 8:56PM

    Sorry Matt Ment spindles12 think again what you read

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