A 15 foot pothole in a Moorlands village has sparked a deluge of complaints from a resident who is fearful vibrations from passing traffic are damaging his home. Frank Rogers, aged 77, first reported the pothole in Uttoxeter Road, Blythe Bridge to Staffordshire County Council in April last year, after noticing tremors affecting his home when heavy traffic passed by.
A 15 foot pothole in a Moorlands village has sparked a deluge of complaints from a resident who is fearful vibrations from passing traffic are damaging his home.
Frank Rogers, aged 77, first reported the pothole in Uttoxeter Road, Blythe Bridge to Staffordshire County Council in April last year, after noticing tremors affecting his home when heavy traffic passed by.
After being advised the shallow trench in the middle of the road was ‘not a priority’ according to inspectors, Frank has since been registering complaints about the issue every week.
Now, after almost a year of pleading for the fault to be fixed, Frank is hoping to enlist the help of his MP, Sir Bill Cash.
Frank, a retired hairdresser, said: “The pothole keeps getting bigger and bigger – and the vibrations are like a toothache you can’t get rid of.
“I go out walking every day, but being in lockdown I can’t get away from it.
“I’ve lived here since 1975 and the traffic noise has never bothered me, but the vibrations when the traffic goes over the pothole are just a nightmare.
“I’ve now got a crack in the lounge wall and my kitchen units are coming away from the wall.
“The inspectors have looked at it outside and decided it’s not a priority, but there’s no one here to witness what happens inside because they won’t come out.
“I’m so fed up I even asked a tarmacadam company to fix it and pay for it myself, but they said they weren’t allowed.”
Frank has now written to MP Bill Cash about the issue and is also calling for Staffordshire County Council’s highways team to tackle the surface of the pavement in Uttoxeter Road.
Frank added: “I’ve contacted the county council when roadworks have been announced because they could fix it while the road is closed, but they never did anything.
“It’s a worry. Hundreds of schoolchildren walk along that pavement and they often end up in the road because the surface is so bad.
“I do extra work in film and television, so sometimes I’ve managed to get away from it, but I think Blythe Bridge is the forgotten area. It’s on the periphery of Staffordshire Moorlands, Stafford Borough and Stoke City Council, so it’s just forgotten.
“I’ve lived here for all this time with no problems whatsoever and now when a lorry goes over that pothole I can feel the vibration through the building. I just need it to be fixed.”
David Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council said: “We have a huge road network here in Staffordshire, with around 6,000km of roads and last year our crews fixed around 30,000 potholes.
“All reported defects are inspected as soon as possible and assessed for their severity. Any defect which poses an immediate risk is dealt with as a priority, and we aim to repair potholes we consider to be hazardous within seven days.
“This road is inspected monthly and a number of repairs have been identified. These will be carried out when resources are available.
“The quickest and easiest way to report highways problems is through the MyStaffs App or at www.staffordshire.gov.uk.”
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