HIGHWAYS bods in Staffordshire have hit back at claims they have neglected a road in Rolleston which is littered with ‘dangerous’ potholes.
People living in the village have complained that Marston Lane, which links the village to Hilton, is covered in ‘craters’, which wreak havoc for motorists – but they say these are only on the Staffordshire side of the border.
Chiefs at Staffordshire County Council have argued it is not simply a case of that authority neglecting the road, which comes off Church Road, but that there are issues with large vehicles and the layout which mean their side is more difficult to maintain.
A spokesman for the authority said: “The Staffordshire part of Marston Lane accessed from Rolleston has a 7.5 tonne weight limit, but is regularly accessed by HGVs and agricultural vehicles which causes more damage and wear and tear on the road.”
The Derbyshire side of the road, accessed from Derby Road, is wider and has fewer high-sided vehicles accessing it, he said.
Reasons aside, members of Rolleston Parish Council said they were very concerned about the state of the route.
Councillor Roger Davies said: “The potholes are like craters now it’s flooded. With the rain, you can’t tell if it’s a puddle or a crater. It’s a lot better on the other side of the boundary.”
Councillor James Toon suggested the problem could be exacerbated by people heading up onto the muddy bank to avoid traffic coming in the other direction.
“These are not potholes anymore. It’s dangerous,” said Councillor Shaun Adams.
Staffordshire County Council has recently come under fire for other roads which are badly potholed, but the council said staff were doing what they could to deal with the issue in the bad weather.
Councillor Simon Tagg said: “Following reports about potholes, our highways teams visited the site within 48 hours and identified a number of repairs. These were carried out on Tuesday, and a further inspection undertaken to identify and schedule other work.”