Road is labelled one of the worst for potholes

Eric Welch by one of the potholes in Lea Way, Wellingborough
Eric Welch by one of the potholes in Lea Way, Wellingborough

A town street has been labelled one of the worst in the county for potholes.

Lea Way in Wellingborough is littered with 20 gaping holes which cause nightmares for residents and drivers.

It has been dubbed the worst road in the county by a resident who is fed up with a patchwork of repairs.

Eric Welch, 80, who has lived in the street for 15 years, called Northamptonshire County Council to report the issue in November but he was told it could take up to three months before the holes are filled in again.

He said: “There are about 20 potholes on the road, it is a right mess. It’s been an ongoing problem for a long time. I think they have patched this road up three or four times.

“It must be one of the worst in the county.

“When cars go over the holes they make a lot of noise and gravel used to shoot up on to the pavements. A lady fell over in to one of the holes a few months ago and broke her glasses.

“The repairs are rubbish, they only last about three or four weeks before the filling starts to break away at the edges. About four years ago we had a letter saying they were going to resurface the whole road, but it has never materialised.”

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “We are aware of the issues with this road. It is due for an inspection with a view to including it on the repair programme as soon as possible and in the meantime, ensuring any dangerous potholes are made safe.

“Over the last few years the council has been putting extra money into repairing roads and also pioneered a new approach to road repairs which saw a switch of focus to carrying out more pro-active preventative re-surfacing work and semi-permanent repairs on highways defects, rather than temporary maintenance.

“This means that the potholes which are not an immediate hazard are scheduled for more permanent repair work which is carried out over a longer-term. But, if a pothole is considered dangerous it will be filled urgently.”