Hampshire County Council has come under fire from motorists and residents, who say an Aldershot road is suffering an endless cycle of short-term repairs.
Queens Road is riddled with potholes, with residents saying it is a danger to motorists who have to swerve to avoid them. Their frustration is increased due to the council’s Report a Pothole website, which indicates all concerns reported in the road have been resolved.
Nigel George, a former bus driver who lives off Queens Road, said he was concerned at the sight of motorists, including bus drivers, weaving between the worst parts of the road to avoid damaging their vehicles.
On one occasion he witnessed a bus steering around a pothole and bouncing off the curb. He said: “If a parent and a kiddie had been there it would have been the end of the kiddie.”
He added: “Considering it’s a busy route, it’s dangerous if they know it’s going to subside like that.
“It’s obviously about time they did something about it.”
The AA rescue service was seen in the road last Tuesday (May 13) removing a car thought to have been damaged after it drove over a deep pothole, which was repaired that day.
However, Kim Forrest, who lives in Sandford Road, was unhappy with the quality of the repairs.
“If that’s what they call a repair they must be using the cheapest labour around,” he said. “This particular road is disgusting, considering the amount of road tax people are paying. You can see where it’s been repaired in the past and the road has sunk. If you hit the holes at 15-20mph, you feel the car shudder.”
Of the three problems in Queens Road currently on the council’s, one is described as having "no maintenance work required" following a visit on April 14, while the other two, resolved on May 1 and 5 respectively, have been "passed to a third party for action".
A county council spokesman said the website only showed problems that had been reported and was not a complete representation of the state of the road.
They said: “Urgent safety work is taking priority at the current time so less serious road defects, carriageway improvements and processing damage claims may take longer than usual to deal with.”
Hampshire County Council, as the highways authority, is responsible for maintaining more than 5,000 miles of public highways. Utility companies are responsible for reinstating road surfaces following any work they carry out.
The council spokesman said Thames Water had made "temporary repairs to subsided areas" a number of times during the past two years, adding repairs are being re-prioritised so the most serious defects are tackled first.