Newsagent’s poor road plea

Newsagents Maurice and Vasanti Patel want the potholes outside their shop, Cedar News, and the rest of the shops in Cedar Road to be repaired
Newsagents Maurice and Vasanti Patel want the potholes outside their shop, Cedar News, and the rest of the shops in Cedar Road to be repaired

A newsagent is calling for a crumbling road surface outside a shopping parade to be repaired.

Maurice Patel and his wife Vasanti run Cedar News, part of a parade of shops in Cedar Road, Kettering.

The layby area the shops face on to, where customers are expected to park their cars, is littered with deep potholes.

Mr Patel said: “The potholes have been there for years, I would think at least three years.

“They’ve just been left there. It’s not very nice for people having to park their cars there when they visit the shops.

“People are always coming in and moaning about it, they say it’s about time something was done because it’s ruining their cars.

“The other shopkeepers feel the same. We just want whoever is in charge to get them repaired.

“If I look at the other roads in the area, even Cedar Road itself, they are perfect and are always filled in when there are potholes.

“It could be because the shopping parade is like a layby but the problems have been ignored for years.”

Mr Patel said shopkeepers in the area had reported the problem to Kettering Council in the past, but not to Northamptonshire County Council’s Street Doctor.

A spokesman for the county council confirmed the layby is the responsibility of its highways department.

The spokesman said: “Now the potholes have been reported to us, highways inspectors will be sent out to assess what work needs to be carried out.”