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A ‘hole’ lot of mess - Potholes and litter plaguing Falconwood resident

PUBLISHED: 16:30 12 May 2017

Litter in the footpath at the end of Wincrofts Drive

Litter in the footpath at the end of Wincrofts Drive

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The footpath runs alongside the A2

Bumps in the road behind Mr Kaftanojlu's house in FalconwoodBumps in the road behind Mr Kaftanojlu's house in Falconwood

A new Falconwood resident has been left shocked at the state of an alleyway near his house and dirt track backing onto his road.

Yalcin Kaftanojlu moved to the town a month ago from Pimlico with his son and daughter, but is now concerned the alleyway, which leads from Wincrofts Drive to his home on East Rochester Way next to the A2, is not safe.

“I have asked the council to come and clean it up, for the sake of everyone, the alleyway is covered in litter and the trees are overgrown and hanging down, they are not quite down to my height yet but for taller people there are trees in your eyes.

“It’s also very dark, with no CCTV and on top of the A2, if there was an accident how would anyone see or hear you?”

The footpath in Wincrofts Drive, FalconwoodThe footpath in Wincrofts Drive, Falconwood

The Turkish screen and stage actor is also concerned that the darkened alley has become a hangout for anti-social behaviour.

“I have my daughter and my son with me, and I too have to walk up and down, without CCTV in the dark, it does not feel safe, I’m surprised nobody has said anything before.

“Then, the road behind my house is filled with potholes so cars struggle to get down it.

“We had a B&Q delivery truck that could not make it down there recently, what would happen if somebody needs an ambulance or a fire engine?

The footpath at the end of Wincrofts DriveThe footpath at the end of Wincrofts Drive

“The council say it is a private road so it is not for them, I’ve been here a month and straight away I had to pay my council tax, but they will not do this for me and my family, I would happily pay them extra.”

The road is found between East Rochester Way and Sutherland Avenue.

A spokesperson from Bexley council said: The footpath that runs alongside the A2 from Wincrofts Drive is owned and maintained by Transport for London, but we clean it once a fortnight.

“We will send someone to check the footpath on Monday.

Bumps in the road behind Mr Kaftanojlu's house in FalconwoodBumps in the road behind Mr Kaftanojlu's house in Falconwood

“The road behind the houses is privately owned and we are not responsible for maintaining it.”

What do you think? Get in touch at luke.may@archant.co.uk.

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