Back road is listed for repair later this year

A back road used by drivers going from Sutton Bridge to Peterborough has been branded the worst in Lincolnshire.

Sutton Bridge parish councillor Vicky Hills says 20mph signs have appeared at either end of Lutton Gate Road, but they do nothing for safety and county highways should step in and repair it.

ROAD 'DISHED': Parish councillor Vicky Hills points to the edge of the 'dish' in New Road, Sutton Bridge, which is a few feet away from the road repair patch. SG310513-223LH

ROAD 'DISHED': Parish councillor Vicky Hills points to the edge of the 'dish' in New Road, Sutton Bridge, which is a few feet away from the road repair patch. SG310513-223LH

She said: “It’s pothole city – to navigate your way through it you have to be really adept at driving, it’s a skill, because you just can’t avoid them there’s that many.

“I am a back-roads Annie. I always travel where I can on the back roads because they are quicker and often more accessible. You are not stuck in traffic queues.”

The road is largely in the parish of Sutton St Edmund and is well-used.

Coun Hills said: “I can’t imagine there being a worse back road anywhere in Lincolnshire.”

She’s reported it to Lincolnshire County Council and is awaiting news on repairs, but there are neglected spots on her own doorstep in Sutton Bridge – including the junction of Church Street and Wharf Street – and places where “bodged” repairs make her hopping mad.

Coun Hills asked county highways to repair a section of road outside the Constitutional Club in New Road, which had partly “dished” around a drain cover.

Workmen arrived on Friday morning – patched the middle of the dish, but the dishing and cracking extended a few feet beyond the patch and remained a hazard for drivers.

Coun Hills and council colleague Shirley Giles are calling on county highways to repair the uneven road surface and repaint a worn off, painted road surface “No Entry” sign at the junction of Church Street.

Coun Giles, who walks with a stick, said pedestrians could easily fall and they won’t see the holes in the road surface in the dark.