Calls for urgent action to tackle ‘dangerous’ road littered with potholes

Residents of a ‘dangerous’ road littered with potholes have demanded it be repaired.

Driving along Victoria Road in Cirencester has been likened to being on safari, and a petition has now been presented to Gloucestershire County Council calling on them to resurface it. 

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On Friday the Standard spoke to several people who live on the road, with the majority calling for action to be taken.

Deb Hoskins, 54, is among those to have signed the petition.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

“I feel it in the car, it’s very bad to drive,” she said.

“I’d like to see something done about it. 

“It’s not great for cars, wear and tear on the tyres. 

“It is a bit of a state. It needs some attention.”

Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said the road had been like this for a ‘really long time’.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

“It’s very very dangerous. It keeps being promised and nothing happens,” they said.

There were plans to resurface the road in 2021, but delays mean it is now on the schedule for later this year.

For Tom McGhie, who moved to the road last October, the work cannot come soon enough.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

“It would be great if they could do it,” he said. 

“It would certainly make my life easier.”

“The sleeping policemen are deteriorating quite rapidly. I’m worried that it’s going to damage my car. 

“It seems to be getting worse.

“It’s dangerous for bikes. If you go over a pothole it can unbalance the bike and cause an accident.”

But another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, suggested some work had been done to address the number of potholes.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

“They have filled in lots of them so it’s not nearly as bad as it was,” they said.

“It was dreadful, it was getting really bad. It was ghastly. 

“The whole lot needs resurfacing at some stage but it’s not a priority at the moment.”

A spokesperson for Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Victoria Road is scheduled to be resurfaced later this year as part of our further £100m investment in Gloucestershire’s roads. 

“We had planned to resurface last year but unfortunately, we had to delay because Complete Utilities had not completed their broadband works on time. 

“We fully appreciate residents frustrations with the delay. 

“Our safety inspectors regularly check Gloucestershire roads and any safety issues are scheduled for repair.

“Residents can also let us know of highways issues at gloucestershire.gov.uk/reportit or by calling 08000 514514.” 

Complete Utilities went into administration in November.

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