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Spalding driver's pothole warning




A Spalding man is warning drivers to be cautious after a pothole caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage to his car.

David Shea was driving along Small Drove Lane, off Glenside North in West Pinchbeck on Friday night, while working, when he was unable to avoid driving through the pothole.

As a result, his car was significantly damaged, leaving Mr Shea having to pay out more than £500 for repairs.

This pothole in West Pinchbeck caused more than £500 worth of damage to David Shea's car (45027280)
This pothole in West Pinchbeck caused more than £500 worth of damage to David Shea's car (45027280)

He said: “I am absolutely gutted – it was a massive crater, not just a pothole.

“It covered a quarter of the carriageway and there was no way for me to avoid it without going into the other side of the road or up onto the bank.

“It was dark and wet so I wasn’t even doing 30mph but I had no chance .

This pothole in West Pinchbeck caused more than £500 worth of damage to David Shea's car (45027283)
This pothole in West Pinchbeck caused more than £500 worth of damage to David Shea's car (45027283)

“The damage is going to cost around £550 to fix – it bent both wheels, I need two new tyres plus balancing and alignment. It’s very expensive.”

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways department confirmed that the pothole was repaired yesterday (Tuesday) after a number of reports were submitted via FixMyStreet.

Mr Shea wants other people to be aware of the dangers of potholes but also the importance of reporting them to Lincolnshire County Council.

He said: “People have got to be aware but they’ve also got to get any potholes they see reported so that others don’t end up in similar situations to me. Our roads are diabolical and it’s very dangerous.”

This pothole in West Pinchbeck caused more than £500 worth of damage to David Shea's car (45027286)
This pothole in West Pinchbeck caused more than £500 worth of damage to David Shea's car (45027286)

A Highways spokes-person added: “We’re grateful for people letting us know about potholes.

“The council hates potholes just as much as drivers do and we’ve managed to repair over 1,500 across the county last week alone. Please keep reporting problems to us through FixMyStreet, and we will repair them. If possible – and if it’s safe to do so – including a picture in the report can help us to schedule a repair quicker.”



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