Dowsdale villager: ‘My road looks like the Somme’

COUNTRY ROAD: Angelo Convertino has described a section of Dowsdale Bank near his home as 'looking like the Somme'. Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG020218-155TW.
COUNTRY ROAD: Angelo Convertino has described a section of Dowsdale Bank near his home as 'looking like the Somme'. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG020218-155TW.
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A villager living near Shepeau Stow has claimed that an HGV has left a road near his home “looking like the Somme”.

Angelo Convertino has reported the shocking state of Dowsdale Bank, which is lined with overhanging trees, churned up verges and potholes, to county highways officers since October 2017.

It’s absolutely horrendous and with the mud left on the road by lorries as well, it’ll become an ice rink if we get freezing weather

Angelo Convertino, of Dowsdale

But the state of the road was made worse after an HGV went down it last Thursday, making driving conditions there even more hazardous.

Angelo said: “Last October, the ‘No Through Road’ sign started corroding at the bottom and it eventually fell over.

“I reported that it had left an eight to ten-inch stump sticking out of the ground, making it dangerous if someone fell on it or a car hit it.

“Then last Thursday, we ended up with an HGV down here as there’s no street lighting and the sign was still down.

“As it reversed out, the HGV destroyed the verges running alongside Dowsdale Bank and left a big ditch at the side of a road full of potholes.

“It tried to miss the overhanging trees, but the road looks like the Somme and even though I reported once again that the sign was down, nothing’s been done.”

Angelo wants Lincolnshire County Council to restore the “No Through Road” sign and force the landowner to cut the overhanging trees back along Dowsdale Bank.

“It’s absolutely horrendous and with the mud left on the road by lorries as well, it’ll become an ice rink if we get freezing weather.”

A county highways spokesman said: “We did investigate the condition of Dowsdale Bank following a report of overhanging trees there.

“However, these are privately-owned and as they are not affecting highway safety, we cannot make the landowner cut them back.

“We have had no reports regarding the other issues raised but we will investigate them.”

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