UPSET city residents say they’ll believe it when it happens after being constantly let down over their pothole repairs.
People living in and off Bodiam Avenue in Tuffley have been waiting at least two years for Gloucestershire County Council highways teams to fix the ruts in their street.
Now the latest promise is that the roadworks will be carried out in January.
But householder Chris Ellerker, 82, said he was sceptical.
“I don’t believe them now,” retired teacher Mr Ellerker said.
“They said they were going to come to do it in November, and December. The next thing it’s January. I will believe it when I see it,” Mr Ellerker said.
The Citizen first ran an article about the Tuffley residents’ dismay at the gaping holes in the road last January.
At that time pensioner Albert Jones, 79, from Chalford Road, said the pothole problems had begun a year before.
Then again in February this year, and once more in April, the Bodiam Avenue folk complained via this newspaper.
But now finally Gloucestershire’s area manager for highways Jason Humm has said: “Road crews plan to go in and resurface Bodiam Avenue in January.
“Our resurfacing programme is flexible to take into account the impact of the weather, especially in winter, so dates can change.”
Mr Humm said: “We know residents are keen to see improvements here and they will be made very soon.”
Sammy Thornton also lives on Bodiam Avenue.
She said she was pleased the work was at last scheduled.
“This has been going on for quite some time. It is good that they are now coming,” she said.
In an average year county highways deal with 25-30,000 potholes on its 3,300 plus miles of roads.
Its inspectors identify which defects are a serious safety hazard and those are repaired either within one working day or within 28 days depending on the sort of road and the size of the defect.
This policy follows national guidelines.
Gloucestershire’s pothole repairs were highlighted as national best practice under the government’s pothole review in 2012.