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Cycle club slams shoddy council pothole work

By Crawley News  |  Posted: April 19, 2012

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REPAIR work carried out by West Sussex County Council on potholes in Manor Royal has been slammed by local cycling campaigners.

Crawley's Cycle Touring Club complained about the potholes in Manor Royal, the road, in November last year, but had to wait a further four months for the hazardous cracks to be filled in by the council.

When they were eventually filled in the group was left unimpressed by the quality of the work.

They have suggested that the council might have been better to have done nothing at all rather than carry out the poor repairs.

Marks and gaps remain evident where the potholes used to be, including, the cycling group claims, at a T-junction.

The members are worried about their wheels becoming stuck in one of the potholes, causing an accident.

Club campaigner Peter Smith said: "It has taken West Sussex County Council four months to do this work and I am not really sure that the effort was worth it.

"The road surface is still disintegrating and hazardous for cyclists turning at the junction.

"And it is most likely that the 'repairs' will fall out again very soon.

"Unless this section is repaired properly we are going to continue to experience cycling problems at this junction."

The council has suggested the repairs may only have been an initial visit and that a more permanent job will be done.

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