The road with 96 potholes – is this the country’s worst?
Angry residents have dubbed their street “Apple Crumble Close” – because its uneven surface is pitted with 96 potholes.
And that, families living in Nursery Road, Scholar Green, near Stoke, is a record for a 160 metre strip of tarmac.
While some of the craters have been patched up, fed-up householders say it’s not long before the filling splits again and a new pothole develops as temperatures dip.
Resident Stan McDowell said: “It looks like an apple crumble on the road and it feels like you are driving over one as well.
“But the council just doesn’t seem to want to know.
“They say the road is a low priority but there are a lot of people who drive down here and children who play.
“It is an accident waiting to happen as people drive around the holes.”
The 73-year-old added: “As soon as someone came down recently to repair the potholes, I complained again because they don’t seal them up.
“Our tax is paying for this but they keep needing to come out and fix them.”
Sue Bailey wants to see the road completely resurfaced.
The 63-year-old said: “It is terrible for potholes– it’s like driving down a slalom course around here. The council comes and fills some of them in, but they don’t seem to do all of them.
“The whole road looks as though it needs resurfacing.”
Neighbour Philip Wilkinson, 51, added: “Someone came recently and filled in two of the holes.
“They leave the rest alone because they are not deep enough and won’t fill them in because of the cost. It’s terrible. I had builders in lately and they said they had never seen a road as bad.”
A council spokesman said: “All highways issues have to be prioritised and we do carry out inspections where defects have been reported to us, along with regular inspections in line with our inspection regimes.
“Where repairs are needed they are carried out within a specified timescale and in line with our code of practice.
“Winter weather conditions, including a combination of heavy rain and frosts, have contributed to a rise in the number of potholes and road defects, but we are responding to this problem across the borough.”