‘My son could have died when he hit pothole’

Blake Norton holds the broken brake lever from his bicycle where he was flung over his handlebars when he hit a pothole in Holbeach Bank. ANL-150901-104449001
Blake Norton holds the broken brake lever from his bicycle where he was flung over his handlebars when he hit a pothole in Holbeach Bank. ANL-150901-104449001
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A Holbeach Bank mum is furious after her 11-year-old son was flipped over the handlebars of his bicycle when he rode over a pothole that he thought was just a puddle.

Cheri Norton said she was giving her son, Blake, more independence before moving on to secondary school by allowing him to cycle to his local primary school on Roman Bank.

She said: “Blake thought he was riding over a puddle but it was a pothole and he was flipped over his handlebars into the road.

“He grazed his knees and was really shaken up.

“When I took his brother to school I saw three cars had stopped and thought there had been an accident. My immediate reaction was that he had been run over.

“Thank goodness the car behind him was far away enough to stop.”

Blake, who is one of two junior road safety officers at the school, is back to having lifts because a brake lever on the bike he has only had since his birthday in November is broken and is being repaired.

Cheri said: “It’s frustrating when we were trying to give him his independence. We are only five minutes away and Blake knows everything about road safety.

“You try to follow Government guidelines and promote a healthy lifestyle, but the roads should be safe.

“There is no path on the road to school. Someone is going to get hurt if nothing is done.”

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways at the county council, said: “Lincolnshire roads are of critical importance and we’re delighted the Government has made an extra £9 million available, which will increase our road maintenance budget to just over £31m for 2015-16.

“We’ll ensure that this money is put to good use, and will do all we can to keep the county’s roads in the best possible condition with the cash that’s available.”

Satish Shah, head of highways, said: “We would encourage as many people as possible to report potholes.

“Although we do have highways officers out on the roads, they can’t check every mile of our county every day.

“If anyone does spot a pothole, please let us know by calling 01522 782070, or by reporting it online at www.
lincolnshire.gov.uk/potholes”