Potholes could ‘lead to accident’

Ted Spence next to the potholes
Ted Spence next to the potholes

A COUPLE have thanked the Hartlepool Mail after we helped prevent “an accident waiting to happen” near their home.

Ted and Shirley Spence have called for the road surface on a “cut-through” behind their home, which leads from Durham Street to Hazelwood Rise on Hartlepool’s Headland, to be sorted out.

Ted, 75, said his 76-year-old wife almost fell after tripping on the uneven surface, which is dotted with two-inch deep holes, but thankfully she saved herself from falling.

The area is a cul-de-sac where cars can park, but pedestrians mainly use it as a short-cut.

The couple fear other people who cut through the area, such as local schoolchildren, may not be so lucky.

They rang the Mail after we appealed for people to contact the newspaper with any issues about town grot spots and other areas of concern.

Now Hartlepool Borough Council chiefs have pledged to fix the problem within the next few weeks.

Mr Spence, a retired plater who has lived in the bungalow on the site of the former Sun Inn pub for a year-and-a-half, said: “My wife tripped and staggered last month.

“We had got on to the council when we first moved in about the black surface out the front and they came and put block paving in.

“Now there is a problem with the potholes out the back.

“They came and had a look at it, but we didn’t know they had been.

“I was going to take it further, but then saw an appeal in the Mail asking people to come forward if they had any complaints about unsightly areas so I contacted the newspaper.”

Mr Spence, who is a dad-of-two and grandfather-of-six with three-great-grandchildren, added: “People are always walking through, even the schoolkids.

“There could be an accident and people could trip over.

“We don’t want the road digging up, we just want it tidying up. We just want to see something done, it’s a mess.”

A council spokesman said: “We have inspected the road and are aware of the problem and we will be carrying out work to fill in the potholes in the road within the course of the next four weeks.”

The good news comes after the Mail previously reported that Hartlepool was allocated £240,413 from a £200m Government pot for local authorities to help them repair damaged roads.

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