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Donington Parish Council news: Potholes could kill - warning

Donington Parish Council news. (SG300117-208TW)
Donington Parish Council news. (SG300117-208TW)

Donington parish councillors are fighting to get potholes repaired, particularly ones on the A52 that they fear pose a threat to life.

Parish councillors and county councillor Rodney Grocock have reported potholes several times but, so far, they have not been filled in.

Coun Mark Rollinson said: “The A52 is a major road. They (the county council) have got to prioritise it.

“There will be people killed because of these potholes.”

Coun Roger Marshall says the council must also tackle one of the underlying causes of potholes, the amount of water left standing on the road.

He said the verges have become built up with mud deposits due to local farms lifting sugar beet and many verges now stand 12 inches higher than the road surface.

This leaves water standing on the road surface, creating potholes and resulting in tarmac lifting.

He told Thursday’s meeting: “Many years ago, we had roadmen who had the task to dig grips (open ditches) to let water off the road on their patch.

“It does not take a very clever person to work out that a JCB digger and driver will cost approximately £30 an hour to do the work and sort a lot of the problems out in the local area,” said Coun Marshall. “Not a massive amount of money.”

The councillor contrasted the cost of the digger work with that of the forthcoming by-election, where the parish council will be forced to spend around £3,000.

He said the money would pay for 100 hours of digger time ... and another 50 hours if the council had opted to have polling cards.

The council heard the worst of the potholes are on the road between Swaton and Donington.

Coun Grocock said he had reported the potholes three times and was given incident numbers each time.

He promised to raise the matter again with the county council.

In other parish council news:

Cemetery isn’t a playground

Parish councillor Jane Stanley asked for notices to go up in the new cemetery in Hunter Way because it is not a children’s play area or a dog exercise area.

She said: “Apparently there was a man in there with two children playing in the snow and building a snowman.

“Can we have a notice saying it’s not a children’s playground and it’s not a dog exercise area because they are taking dogs in?”

Coun Stanley said a lady who had just lost her husband saw the man and children playing in the snow.

“She didn’t like to say anything to them”, said Coun Stanley. “It’s not a playground, not for dogs or children.”

* The large gates at the entrance to the old cemetery, off Bicker Road, are to be mended – one of the gate’s hinges is damaged.

Gates further down the footpath to the entrance of the cemetery itself are being removed to be repainted.

Coun Phil Lovell also mentioned that some gravestones have toppled over due to subsidence and a repairer is waiting to start work.

Work starts on Town Dam Lane

Coun Arthur Baldwin said work had started on the Ashley King (Developments) site on land off Town Dam Lane, Donington. He said security fencing was going up and there was digging for a showroom but planning consent wasn’t due to be decided until April 30.

Viking Link plan

The Secretary of State has called in the Viking Link application that could see a 24-metre high power plant built at a farm in Northorpe,

Coun Mark Rollinson said it will go back to the district council for a final say.

Compensation for festive lanterns

Clerk Diane Fairweather said the council has been offered compensation for faulty Christmas lanterns that came down on their own. She said the company had never had the problem before.

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