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Resident claims 'deplorable' state of lane puts locals at risk

A LOCAL lane is in a worst state than a Third World country’s, an angry family has claimed.

A LOCAL lane is in a worst state than a Third World country’s, an angry family has claimed.

Neil and Joanna Marshall, from Balsall Common, said they first contacted Solihull Council almost a year ago, about the ‘deplorable state of Barston Lane’.

They argue the rural route has become so littered with potholes, each nine-10 inches deep, it is dangerous for cyclists and horse riders.

“I’ve been to Third World countries and they have better roads,” said Mr Marshall

“If you come down on your bike, you’d nearly go over your handle bars.

“It’s just awful. Someone is likely to be seriously hurt soon, is that what it takes for them to get fixed?

“They’ll damage vehicles too. I caught one in my car recently and it made a terrible noise. I don’t want to go through all the expense of having to claim it all back.”

But despite the risks, the couple said they had been given ‘excuse after excuse’ by the local authority while the potholes remained unfilled.

“My wife has been discussing the matter for many months, and receives outrageous excuses, from water leaks to farm vehicles,” added Mr Marshall, who has lived in the road for 40 years.

“They had a burst water main and it took two months for Severn Trent to come out and fix it. But that has been fixed for months now.

“You wait and you wait and you just get frustrated.”

However Coun Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said the council would be carrying out work to repair the lane next week.

“We are aware of the condition of Barston Lane, as we monitor it on a regular basis and carry out work as required.

“The pot-holes that are causing a problem will be repaired this week, and the lane is due to be completely resurfaced in November, providing we do not have any extreme weather conditions.”



Cathrina Hulse
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