Pothole misery for community

Pot hole saga on Beancroft Road, Castleford.'L to R) Chris Tears - Castleford Domestic, Lewis Snowden - Hart's Carpets, David Tomlinson - Spectacles Room, Daniel Williamsom - Castleford Domestic, Hollie Moizer - Coulrs Two, and Sandra Turnbull.'p5344a122
Pot hole saga on Beancroft Road, Castleford.'L to R) Chris Tears - Castleford Domestic, Lewis Snowden - Hart's Carpets, David Tomlinson - Spectacles Room, Daniel Williamsom - Castleford Domestic, Hollie Moizer - Coulrs Two, and Sandra Turnbull.'p5344a122
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ANGRY residents in Castleford claim their street is one of the worst in the district for potholes.

Sandra Turnbull, 59, says she has been campaigning for the rifts in Beancroft Road to be filled since March, only to be told by Wakefield Council the potholes are “not deep enough”.

She says the potholes – around 25 were counted in the street last week – are becoming increasingly dangerous to residents and drivers.

Ms Turnbull, who lives on nearby Hugh Street, said: “I rang the council highways department and it said they would get someone to look at it. I waited six weeks and rang again and it said the potholes had been checked and couldn’t be filled cause they weren’t deep enough.

“I’m really angry about it. The holes are getting wider and you can’t avoid them at all. It’s dangerous. I pay road tax, I’m entitled to drive on a road that’s adequate. I want the holes filled, the whole road needs resurfacing.”

Brian Pointon, Ms Turnbull’s partner, said one of the main concerns was the volume of traffic using the road.

He said: “It isn’t a back street, cars use it all the time. From this area, it’s the main thoroughfare into Castleford. If I don’t use that route, I have to detour all the way to Pontefract Road.”

Ms Turnbull, a payroll administrator, added: “Heavy goods vehicles, buses, people who use the railway or go into town use that road. Anybody who’s disabled will feel it, God knows how ambulances or any emergency service vehicles get down there.”

David Tomlinson, who manages Spectacles Room on Beancroft Road, said: “It’s one of the worst streets in Castleford.

“The potholes have been like this for ever. Someone was measuring them with a ruler but if they’re going to repair some, they might as well do them all.”

Lewis Snowden, owner of Hart’s Carpets, said: “You can’t go around the potholes. My friend has a sticker in his car saying ‘I’m not drunk, I’m dodging potholes’, and it’s true.”

Wakefield Council was unable to provide the Express with a comment.