Pot hole nightmare in Conisbrough

Morley Place in Conisbrough is in a terrible state with a number of large potholes.
Morley Place in Conisbrough is in a terrible state with a number of large potholes.

Fed-up residents have told how they are stuck with one of Doncaster’s most pot holed roads as there are no plans to ever repair it.

People living on Morley Place in Conisbrough are faced with negotiating dozens of sunken holes on their rooked road every time they leave their homes.

Doncaster Council workmen filled in more than 3,000 pot holes across the borough in the last year but has no plans to help Morley Place residents with their uneven highway.

The road is deemed unadopted land and so the council has no obligation to repair it.

Residents themselves would have to foot a bill costing as much as £20, 000 to have it re-tarmaced.

One householder, Susan Bright, who took these pictures, said: “I have lived on Morley Place for 40 years. Should we have to put up with the dangerous state of this road in the year 2014?”

Another resident Sean Preece said: “It has been like this for more than 20 years. Basically a building firm fitted new sewage pipes underneath a nearby road and dumped all the excess onto our road.

He said he thought excess aggregate has never been cleared away.

Another resident Andre Hulse added: “One of the residents had a quote for £20, 000 to do the road, which people don’t want to pay.”

An elderly woman, who did not want to be named, said: “It is one of the worst roads in Conisbrough and probably even Doncaster.”

Karen Godfrey, headteacher of nearby Morley Place Junior School, said: “It potentially poses a risk of causing damage to vehicles and injuring people because it is such an uneven surface.”

A spokesperson for campaign group potholes.co.uk said: “Authorities currently pay out more than £30 million in compensation claims due to poor roads.”

Doncaster Council workmen were called out to fill 3,250 pot holes across the borough in the 12 months to February 2014.

A spokesperson for the authority said the damaged part of Morley Place is unadopted land.

He added: “It is not the authority’s responsibility to repair and is up to residents to keep maintained it if they wish to do so.”