Road repairs get left to pot luck

PUBLISHED: 16:19 04 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:39 25 August 2010

POTHOLES in a road have become so bad that a pensioner on a mobility scooter had to be rescued.

POTHOLES in a road have become so bad that a pensioner on a mobility scooter had to be rescued.

Privately owned Gloucester Parade in Blackfen is so badly damaged that residents fear that someone could suffer a serious injury.

Now, secretary of Blackfen Forum George Murrell, is calling for the road's owner to come forward and do something about it.

He said: "Everybody knows someone who has tripped over. There are huge potholes all the way along it, some are very deep.

"One of our residents, a lady, got the wheels stuck on her mobility scooter and she had to wait until someone came by to help her.

"It's untidy and a public health risk."

He has written to the council numerous times but was told because it is a private road there is nothing they can do.

The council are so fed up with receiving complaints about the eyesore they have put a sign up saying: "The access road behind these railings is NOT maintained by London Borough of Bexley."

Mr Murrell has also tried phoning the Health and Safety Executive and added: "It seems daft that there are health and safety rules governing all sorts of public areas but when it's something obvious that should be done we can't get anywhere.

"Lloyds bank staff think it's an embarrassment and have written to various people without any luck.

"Other traders think it is an eyesore and reflects badly on their business."

The holes are so deep he says other residents have complained about damaging the underside of their cars, just one of numerous complaints that come up regularly at meetings of the Blackfen Forum.

The 77-year-old has tried to contact the registered freehold owner of the road, whose address is in Gloucester Parade, but Mr Murrell added: "I don't think he operates from there

"I've tried numerous times to track him down and my letters go unanswered."

A meeting of Blackfen Forum is set to take place at Our Lady of the Rosary Church Hall, in Burnt Oak Lane, Blackfen, from 7.30pm next Wednesday.

l Do you know who owns the road? Call the news desk on 020 8269 7000.

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