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March pothole repaired after I mentioned the word 'dangerous'




It is many months since I first reported to Cambridgeshire County Council damage to the road surface, damage that bugged me whenever I looked out of my kitchen window.

The council’s initial reaction was to tell me that repairs would be done sometime within the next three years.

Their next reaction was to deny responsibility and pass the problem to Anglian Water, and so it was ping-ponged between the two authorities for months.

Reader Dick Lawrie was bugged by a pothole outside his house. Picture not actual pothole.
Reader Dick Lawrie was bugged by a pothole outside his house. Picture not actual pothole.

At my fourth attempt to get action I remembered that, at one point in my life, I had been a good (?) local council officer, and remembered the trigger word, dangerous.

Using that word brought an immediate reaction from the council, which did an immediate temporary repair.

This was followed almost immediately by a full repair, done to the highest possible standards by a couple of men from Anglian Water who worked without stopping for fag breaks, tea breaks, not even breaks for a trade union meeting.

They didn’t lean on their shovels, nor did they have a radio blaring. Rather they got down on their hands and knees, and grafted.

I shall continue to resent paying my Council Tax bill. My water bill I shall pay happily.

Dick Lawrie,

March.


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