Birds 'bathing' in Kingskerswell potholes
POTHOLES on two Kingskerswell roads are so big that birds bathe in them when it has been raining, residents have claimed.
Nicki Hurley, who lives at Willake Road, said the craters in her street and nearby Vale Road are more than a metre wide and two hands deep.
She is concerned her car will be damaged as she accesses her home.
"In the last year the holes have got worse," she said. "People stop on the road to post letters at the postbox, which doesn't help. We've been told the road is private, but whoever owns it needs to sort it. We've been in touch with our MP, Anne-Marie Morris, as it's getting ridiculous now.
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"When it's been raining, birds swim in the potholes."
A mobility shop is located at the front of the road. "It's ironic as this road doesn't make it easy for people in mobility scooters to get around," said Mrs Hurley.
Gary Marsh, owner of the Mobility Shop, said the holes affect trade.
"It's a bit of a farce really that we have the business next to these holes," he said.
"There are two big housing estates behind Vale Road and there's so much traffic I don't know why the council don't take it on."
War pensioner Derek Hughes, who also lives in Willake Road, said it would be a 'Godsend' if the problem was resolved.
He said: "In this day and age health and safety standards are paramount. It seems mad this road is not being repaired.
"I was in touch with the county council before Christmas, but nothing has been done."
A Devon County Council spokesman said records show Willake Road is a private road and not a public highway.
MP Mrs Morris said: "I am aware of the situation. Something does need to be done to address this and I am working with all concerned to resolve this matter as quickly as possible."