A man of 78 is forced to exercise by walking round his own garden because potholes on the road where he lives pose a threat of falls.
The retired farmer lives on a back road at Moulton and his daughter, who asked not to be named, says Lincolnshire County Council sent her dad a letter asking him to trim back his hedge because it was overlapping the highway.
She said the council threatened court action if the work wasn’t carried out in 28 days.
After the hedge was trimmed, the daughter sent the council a letter asking for the potholes to be fixed but the reply left them believing the work wouldn’t be treated as a priority.
The daughter told us: “My father has had a knee replacement and he’s been advised to do more walking but he can’t walk along this road because it is such a mess.
“He would like to have a little walk but he can only walk around his own garden.
“When you drive down there, you have to go at 5mph because otherwise you would probably go in a pothole.”
The carriageway is crumbling at the edges and there are deep, water-filled potholes.
The daughter says it’s to spot the difference between an ordinary puddle and a water-filled pothole.
“You just go into a puddle and if you are lucky it’s a puddle and, if not, it’s a pothole,” she said.
When her father was working, he helped maintain the road but can no longer do that.
A spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council highways said: “We can confirm that we have received reports about the potholes and edge damage in question and will be acting to remedy the issues within the next two or three weeks.
“We ask that anyone wanting to report a road defect visit the county council website and click the ‘Report a highways fault’ link on the homepage.”
The website address is www.lincolnshire.gov.uk
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