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Residents are calling for urgent action to repair holes in Barton and Tredworth

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

  • Holes in Barton need repairing urgently

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  • City councillors Said Hansdot, left, and councillor Usman Bhaimia, with residents Maria Aldington, Marion Renshaw, Kate Gilson, Eldwyn Aldington, and Mohamed Giwhalla, concerned about the holes beneath the road surface tarma

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HOLES in the road big enough to get your hand and arm down need urgent attention in Barton.

That’s the call from those who live and often drive along Clement Street and Vauxhall Road, having to avoid the huge dangers.

Resident Kate Gilson, who has been campaigning to get the issue sorted, said: “We have a lot of potholes across Barton and Tredworth.

“They get repaired but the holes just come back.

“When I walk into the city, I turn into Stroud Road which has a lot of pot holes.

“The council just patch them up but it needs resurfacing.

“The same holes reappear months down the line.

“It is particularly worrying for pedestrians, especially with the winter and dark nights approaching. We have had the storms recently too.

“The whole of Barton and Tredworth seems to have this issue, I can’t speak for the rest of the city.

“I think the council should put more investment into repairing the roads properly.

“They need to look at their time scale too, so that people are not left with big holes in their streets. The roads in these areas are narrow as it is.”

One of the holes in Barton, on the edge of a disabled roadside parking bay, appears large enough for someone’s leg to fit in.

City councillor Usman Bhaimia (L, Barton and Tredworth) believes most of the roads in his ward are crumbling away.

He said: “It is not just these two roads, this is tip of the ice berg. Most of the roads and streets are crumbling in my wards.

“The highways needs to do more to bring back the roads and streets to normal use again. The bad roads and streets with patch up works gives ugly pictures of the area.

“I have seen disabled people on mobility scooters finding it difficult to navigate and ride their scooters. My worry is the safety of disabled people and the children.”

Gloucestershire County Council is aware of the hole in Vauxhall Street and it will be assessed by the highways team.

Jason Humm, area highways manager at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The well used roads in the county are inspected at least every month and our priority is to fix unsafe potholes as soon as we can.

“We’re aware of the hole in Vauxhall Street which will be repaired within the next 28 days.

“In response to resident’s concerns the team will assess the pothole in Clement Street as soon as possible.

“If it meets the national safety guidelines, this too will be fixed within 28 days.

“We would encourage people to let us know if they spot any issues in their area and report them to gloucestershire.gov.uk/reportit”

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