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Villagers are calling for urgent action on a main road into their village which is riddled with potholes and is also collapsing.

Independent councillor Charlie Marks, who represents Manea on Fenland District Council, is also battling to get essential repairs carried out along Wimblington Road between Boots Bridge and the turning into the village – a distance of around two miles.

There are well over 50 potholes along the stretch of road which is also collapsing at the top end towards the village.

Wimblington Road in Manea is riddled with pot holes and is collapsing in places making driving difficult for drivers. (44429664)
Wimblington Road in Manea is riddled with pot holes and is collapsing in places making driving difficult for drivers. (44429664)

He said: "I believe Manea has been forgotten for years and years and that's why our roads are in such disrepair. It's not just Wimblington Road, which is terrible, but we have potholes throughout the village.

"Manea has been forgotten over the years with little being spent on the roads etc because no one has really ever challenged the county council or officers. Now things are different, all we can do is keep up the pressure."

Coun Marks said he had Cambridgeshire Highways out to look at the road in January and the result had been for temporary 'uneven road' signs to be put up at either end of the road.

Wimblington Road in Manea is riddled with pot holes and is collapsing in places making driving difficult for drivers. (44429696)
Wimblington Road in Manea is riddled with pot holes and is collapsing in places making driving difficult for drivers. (44429696)

He said: "I have spoken to the highways officer who covers Manea ward. Basically, Cambridgeshire County Council don't have the budget in most cases or don't deem the holes as urgent repairs. It's not the highways officer's fault and he does his best with very limited resources.

"My frustration grows daily when I travel the Wimblington Road, my feeling is the dragon patcher repairs carried out last year have failed and have made matters worse.Maybe it's good for small repairs but the repairs don't seem to last very long."

Drivers using Wimblington Road, which is one of the main routes into Manea, are taking to driving down the middle of the road to avoid the potholes.

Wimblington Road in Manea is riddled with pot holes and is collapsing in places making driving difficult for drivers. (44429651)
Wimblington Road in Manea is riddled with pot holes and is collapsing in places making driving difficult for drivers. (44429651)

Posting on the village Facebook page, one villager said: "There are some real nasty ones appearing between Manea and Boots Bridge that are unavoidable if someone’s coming the other way!"

Another said: "The roads never get repaired properly. A few shovels of weak Tarmac chucked onto the dips and holes is never going to last."

A view agreed by this poster: "I have lived and travelled all over the country and these are the worst I have experienced."

Wimblington Road in Manea is riddled with pot holes and is collapsing in places making driving difficult for drivers. (44429687)
Wimblington Road in Manea is riddled with pot holes and is collapsing in places making driving difficult for drivers. (44429687)

A spokesperson for the county council said: "We are aware of the potholes and damage to Wimblington Road in Manea and our highways team are arranging for work to be carried out to fix the potholes. Work will also be undertaken to resurface the road and this will be completed this calendar year.

“We would urge people to let us know about any highway faults by reporting it via our online tool www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/travel-roads-and-parking/roads-and-pathways/roadworks-and-faults.”

Wimblington Road in Manea is riddled with pot holes and is collapsing in places making driving difficult for drivers. (44429658)
Wimblington Road in Manea is riddled with pot holes and is collapsing in places making driving difficult for drivers. (44429658)
Wimblington Road in Manea is riddled with pot holes and is collapsing in places making driving difficult for drivers. (44429693)
Wimblington Road in Manea is riddled with pot holes and is collapsing in places making driving difficult for drivers. (44429693)
Wimblington Road in Manea is riddled with pot holes and is collapsing in places making driving difficult for drivers. (44429712)
Wimblington Road in Manea is riddled with pot holes and is collapsing in places making driving difficult for drivers. (44429712)
Wimblington Road in Manea is riddled with pot holes and is collapsing in places making driving difficult for drivers. (44429667)
Wimblington Road in Manea is riddled with pot holes and is collapsing in places making driving difficult for drivers. (44429667)
Wimblington Road in Manea is riddled with pot holes and is collapsing in places making driving difficult for drivers. (44429661)
Wimblington Road in Manea is riddled with pot holes and is collapsing in places making driving difficult for drivers. (44429661)


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