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Call to action over plague of pot holes near Church Eaton

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

By Kerry Ashdown

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AN ANGRY rural resident, frustrated by the lack of action to tackle gaping potholes, has called for a council tax cut for affected householders.

Tony Lendon, of Little Onn near Haughton, says residents of Marston and Little Onn should be given a 25 per cent cut because they get so little service for their money.

Potholes in Slab Lane and Marston reported to the county council more than 12 months ago remain.

Despite highways teams going out to the roads the potholes remain – and at Slab Lane another massive hole has opened up where drivers have tried to avoid the original crater, he said.

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In Marston roadside kerbs pledged by the council to stop vehicles ploughing up verges have failed to materialise, Mr Lendon added, and a sunken drain on the road is also still causing problems.

Mr Lendon said: "Some taxi drivers refuse to come down here. Imagine a stranger coming round here at night – they haven't got a cat in hell's chance of avoiding the potholes.

"I pay £240 a month council tax but we have all said what do we get for it, apart from the bin collections? I think there should be a reduction.

"I am going to get together a questionnaire for the residents of Marston and Little Onn to ask what they think of the service they get."

Residents and Church Eaton Parish Council have reported the potholes on several occasions and local borough councillor Barry Stamp was calling for action a year ago.

This week he said: "I think it's ridiculous. The Marston area has been ignored by the county council so they are now at a stage where there is almost too much for them to start doing any repairs."

But county councillor Mark Winnington stressed that he was aware of the problems and was working to address them

"I have identified Marston as an area in need of road repairs and will look to address this as part of my local highways programme this spring or summer," he said.

"There are issues with drainage which we need to fix – both here and on Jolt Lane in Church Eaton where there is a suspected collapsed drain.

"The highways team will be looking into this when we get a period of dry weather.

"We do still need to prioritise main roads. However we will do all we can to support our rural communities and their road networks."

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