‘Repair road before someone is killed’

Martin Maddison surveys the rainwater-filled craters and crumbling surface on South Fen Road. Photo: SG090512-22MD
Martin Maddison surveys the rainwater-filled craters and crumbling surface on South Fen Road. Photo: SG090512-22MD

LORRY driver Martin Maddison is calling on Lincolnshire County Council to repair a potholed and crumbling road before it claims someone’s life.

Mr Maddison (46), of Everard Road, Tongue End, says South Fen Road – which links his village with Bourne – is crumbling under the weight of heavy lorries.

He says one stretch of the road close to a scrap-yard has been reduced from two to one-and-a-half carriageways because the edges have given way.

There’s also about two inches of loose surface gravel which means drivers trying to brake could easily find themselves involved in an accident.

Mr Maddison said he lost a car suspension spring by hitting a hole in the road.

He’s complained to police who have no responsibility to act and last week spoke to county highways at Pode Hole.

Mr Maddison said: “They are going to look into it, so they say, but it doesn’t need looking into – it needs doing straight away.”

Lincolnshire County Council says it repaired a “substantial” pothole on South Fen Road last week and further maintenance works are planned for June.

Area highways manager Kevin Brumfield said: “There are several roads already suffering drought damage that we are aware of. The recent rain hasn’t helped.

“We did fill in quite a substantial pothole on this road last week.

“When we are out and about we do make a log of damaged roads so we can plan for repairs, prioritising the more serious ones first.

“If you do spot any, please do let us know just to make sure we are aware and can help keep the roads safe for people to use. Further maintenance works are planned for South Fen in June.

nResidents can report damaged roads online by visiting www.lincoln shire.gov.uk/highways defects or by calling 01522 782070.