Petition launched over potholes on ‘most dangerous road in Stevenage’

Residents with a petition calling for action over potholes at crossings in Broadwater Crescent, Stev

Residents with a petition calling for action over potholes at crossings in Broadwater Crescent, Stevenage - Credit: Archant

A PETITION calling for action to be taken over “the most dangerous road” in a town has amassed more than 500 signatures in a matter of days.

Zebra crossing damage on Broadwater Crescent

Zebra crossing damage on Broadwater Crescent - Credit: Archant

The Roebuck and Marymead Residents’ Group started petitioning Hertfordshire County Council over potholes on four zebra crossings in Broadwater Crescent in Stevenage last Tuesday after receiving an email notification that repair work had been carried out.

On inspection, Jean Day, chairman of the residents’ group, said the crossings are still riddled with potholes, three months after she first reported the problem.

“Residents are fed up with it,” she said.

“Last week there was a man pushing his wife in a wheelchair and she actually got stuck in one of the potholes – and this is someone who goes across it every day. The one between Roebuck shops and the Esso petrol garage, there’s no white lines on it so people who aren’t familiar with the area might not even know it’s there.

“We just feel we are banging our heads against a brick wall. We’re frequently phoning the county council but nothing is being done. We only launched the petition as a last resort as we’ve done everything else we can.”

Cllr John Lloyd, who represents the Roebuck ward for Stevenage Borough Council and is also a Stevenage county councillor, is among those to sign the petition.

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He said: “As a local councillor I think Broadwater Crescent is the most dangerous road in Stevenage. The road surface is unspeakably poor and the zebra crossings are a danger to disabled people, and it’s not as if we haven’t been complaining about it.

“It’s a worthwhile cause and I’m more than happy to support the local residents in Roebuck to get something done.”

A spokesman for Ringway, which carries out road maintenance on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, said that the notification only related to six potholes at the zebra crossing near Gladstone Court, which were filled on May 13.

She added: “The area has been identified for future works.”

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