Residents’ concerns over pothole ‘hazard’ in Sapiston

Sapiston residents Ron Williams, Maria Clark, Stolen Read, Allan Johnson, Ian Tidy and Robin Howe
Sapiston residents Ron Williams, Maria Clark, Stolen Read, Allan Johnson, Ian Tidy and Robin Howe
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Residents in Sapiston are becoming increasingly worried about a pothole in the village the county council has refused to repair.

The offending hole, in Coney Weston Road, has been measured at 76cm by 48cm, and at 23cm deep.

Pothole in Coney Weston Road, Sapiston

Pothole in Coney Weston Road, Sapiston

It was first reported to Suffolk County Council’s highways team in April and has been reported a number of times since, but the council says it does ‘not feel any action is necessary’.

Rob Williams, chairman of the parish council, said the hole was as big as any he had ever seen and ‘still growing’.

As well as risking damage to cars, he said it ‘could be life-threatening’ to motorcyclists and posed a danger to horse riders using the nearby field, which is accessed within two metres of the pothole’s location.

He thinks it is possible the road could collapse and said it was ‘totally unacceptable’ for highways to say it was not big enough to merit action.

“Whilst they say it’s under review, I think it needs to be actively reviewed and action needs to be taken – it’s a hazard,” he said.

Fellow resident, parish councillor and RoadPeace member Ian Tidy, whose teenage daughter was killed in a three-car collision at Euston in 1998, said: “It’s just absolutely ridiculous – this road has been neglected for a long time.”

A council spokesman said: “This defect does not meet our criteria for repair at present, however we will continue to monitor this road through our schedule of planned inspections.”