Cyclist's anger over potholes

PUBLISHED: 10:13 12 February 2009 | UPDATED: 15:59 11 May 2010

POTHOLE PITFALL: Cyclist Del Malcolm inspects the problem in Garden Walk. 3323DW023

POTHOLE PITFALL: Cyclist Del Malcolm inspects the problem in Garden Walk. 3323DW023

A CYCLIST fears he and others could come a cropper if a series of potholes are not filled in. Del Malcolm, of The Close, Royston, is concerned about the potholes on the road surface in Garden Walk, Royston. He said: I think it s really dangerous in its c

A CYCLIST fears he and others could come a cropper if a series of potholes are not filled in.

Del Malcolm, of The Close, Royston, is concerned about the potholes on the road surface in Garden Walk, Royston.

He said: "I think it's really dangerous in its current state.

"I'm fed up of having to weave around these holes

"With the schools being there, the road is used by children all the time, and it could be a death trap."

Mr Malcolm, who cycles down Garden Walk regularly, has posted a series of photos of the potholes on social networking site Facebook, in a bid to alert others to the potential danger.

"Something needs to be done about it, and I just wanted to warn other cyclists and pedestrians," he said.

"With the amount of snow, ice, and water lying around, they could be hidden by a puddle, and someone could end up cycling straight into one."

A spokesman for Hertfordshire County Council said: "The area engineer has logged these potholes on our system and they will be dealt with as soon as possible.

"Wherever possible, 'hot', long lasting, repairs are used, although it is sometimes necessary to use temporary 'cold' fill methods.

"Potholes classed as hazardous are normally made safe or repaired within 24 hours.

"The target for repairing non-hazardous potholes is normally seven-14 days."

The spokesman said he could not give a timescale for the ones in Garden Walk, but added that "Herts Highways are aware of them and will act as soon as they can."

Residents should report any problems to Herts Highways on 01438 737320 or by visiting www.hertsdirect.org/highwayfaults.

Send us your pothole pictures to: matthew.gooding@archant.co.uk

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