Another patch-job due for pothole road

ripley victory Avenue in a terrible state. Cllr David Williams with local residnts Glyn Oxley, Jim Allen and Christina Barratt
ripley victory Avenue in a terrible state. Cllr David Williams with local residnts Glyn Oxley, Jim Allen and Christina Barratt

DISAPPOINTED residents living along Ripley’s most pot-hole riddled roads have learned they will not get resurfaced this year.

Residents of adjoining Ballacraine Drive and Victory Avenue clubbed together in March to send a petition to Derbyshire County Council, pleading that the well-used through route between Porterhouse Road and the A610 get a full resurface instead of a patch-up job.

They say the surface has further deteriorated since March, and now cars driving along it are throwing up large amounts of dust.

But despite the county council receiving a £3.6million grant from central government to fix its hazardous roads, the authority says Ballacraine Drive is not dangerous enough to warrant a full resurfacing.

Insead it has allocated just £15,000 for the surface to be machine patched.

Ripley town Councillor for the East Ward, David Williams, who has led the petition for the road to be resurfaced, said this temporary measure of filling in the holes with tarmac will not be enough.

He said: “The council’s road resurfacing policy does not seem to be based on need.

“Ballacraine Drive is a hazard to walk across, there are big holes and ruts where the surface has worn away. Cars can be damaged by the loose pebbles that fly up and chip paintwork, and the dust damages window sills. Residents dare not wash their cars because it will be covered in dust again. ”

On Tuesday, July 19, Ripley Town Council agreed to lobby the county council for the road to be improved.

Victory Avenue resident Roy Rogers, 67, also spoke of his disappointment this week, adding that the dust could become a real health problem. He said: “Quite personally I think re-patching it is a waste of time, they did it in early spring and look at it now - the patched areas are okay, but the road around it falls apart.”

A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “Severe winter weather caused over £6 million worth of damage to Derbyshire’s roads and we’re still working hard to repair them.

“We have to prioritise the work we do to ensure key routes are repaired first.

“The condition of Ballacraine Drive and Victory Avenue is not considered dangerous but it does need attention and work has been approved as part of our on-going programme across the country.”