Poor condition of Stevenage roads is 'a danger'

PUBLISHED: 07:04 29 January 2016

Complaints have been made about the state of the road in Broadwater Crescent, Stevenage.

Complaints have been made about the state of the road in Broadwater Crescent, Stevenage.

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Drivers have long been complaining about the state of the roads in Stevenage – and the situation could get worse with Herts County Council braced for more government budget cuts.

A pothole on Chertsey Rise in Stevenage.A pothole on Chertsey Rise in Stevenage.

Taxi driver Dee Baser from Stevenage has been asking for something to be done about the poor condition of the roads in the town for three years, but says her appeals have fallen on deaf ears.

Dee, who believes people’s safety is at risk, says roads which are particularly dangerous include Broadwater Crescent, Cuttys Lane and Grace Way.

She said: “Chells Way has been touched up, but really badly. Do the managers check the work?

“I’ve driven along Bandley Rise, which I reported two years ago and planned repairs were not done. I’ve driven along Chertsey Rise and found potholes, with one outside Ashtree Primary School.

“It’s taking too long to do and is a danger to people in their cars. The council is ignoring the people who pay tax, but safety is important.”

Kevin Carrol, divisional manager of county council contractor Ringway, said: “We have undertaken various pothole repairs on Chells Way over the past year and further resurfacing works have been planned to take place in March at the Mobbsbury Way junction.

“Carriageway patching works are also planned in Broadwater Crescent in March. However, there are no maintenance works planned in Cuttys Lane or Grace Way.”

County Hall is set to have its government funding cut by a third next month, which means the local authority will have even less money to spend on the services it provides.

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