The pesky pothole that could have your arm off

Gazette: The pesky pothole that could have your arm off The pesky pothole that could have your arm off

A POTHOLE in Colchester’s Military Road is so large you can fit your whole arm in it.

Peter Higgins, councillor for New Town, went to investigate after a resident knocked on his door to report it.

He described the 18ins long by 2ft deep crack as “not your regular pothole”.

Essex County Council has promised to make the road safe as soon as possible.

When Mr Higgins first went to look, the void was filled with beer cans.

He said: “The road has lost its support and basically is disappearing.

“The road has completely gone, there is no support underneath.

“If it was in the middle of the road, it would collapse straight away. I think it will get bigger very quickly.”

The hole, which is at the side of the road near to the kerb, is near the bus stop close to the junction with New Town Road.

Mr Higgins is concerned someone will hurt themselves tripping, or get their leg trapped, if the hole is not repaired soon.

He said: “Fortunately we’ve still got the street lights on in Military Road, otherwise it would be a death trap. Your foot would go down it and you wouldn’t be able to get it out. It needs to be dealt with straight away.”

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8:45am Tue 7 Jan 14

AngryManNewTown says...

Anyone else thinking we could make it a bit bigger, then we will be able to put a few councillors in it to fill it???
Anyone else thinking we could make it a bit bigger, then we will be able to put a few councillors in it to fill it??? AngryManNewTown
  • Score: 6

9:02am Tue 7 Jan 14

No! I am Spartacus says...

Interesting how some of the less affluent areas of town have minimal potholes and the rest appear to have been forgotten....
Interesting how some of the less affluent areas of town have minimal potholes and the rest appear to have been forgotten.... No! I am Spartacus
  • Score: 2

9:20am Tue 7 Jan 14

Steve1210 says...

Are we 100% sure it's not a drain without the cover...?
Are we 100% sure it's not a drain without the cover...? Steve1210
  • Score: 6

9:22am Tue 7 Jan 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Tonto, the side kick of the Lone Ranger, with his ear to the ground, said Listen Kemo Sabe I can hear the wagon train coming over the hill, its being followed by Apache renegades with chief Sitting Bull $hit.
Tonto, the side kick of the Lone Ranger, with his ear to the ground, said Listen Kemo Sabe I can hear the wagon train coming over the hill, its being followed by Apache renegades with chief Sitting Bull $hit. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: -1

9:41am Tue 7 Jan 14

cynicalsubber says...

No! I am Spartacus wrote:
Interesting how some of the less affluent areas of town have minimal potholes and the rest appear to have been forgotten....
Actually, I've been startled at how bad some of the roads in Lexden are. Were I paying top whack council tax, I'd be more than a bit miffed about it.
[quote][p][bold]No! I am Spartacus[/bold] wrote: Interesting how some of the less affluent areas of town have minimal potholes and the rest appear to have been forgotten....[/p][/quote]Actually, I've been startled at how bad some of the roads in Lexden are. Were I paying top whack council tax, I'd be more than a bit miffed about it. cynicalsubber
  • Score: 5

10:14am Tue 7 Jan 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

cynicalsubber wrote:
No! I am Spartacus wrote:
Interesting how some of the less affluent areas of town have minimal potholes and the rest appear to have been forgotten....
Actually, I've been startled at how bad some of the roads in Lexden are. Were I paying top whack council tax, I'd be more than a bit miffed about it.
Wherever you live, there are bad roads.

Also a lack of white-lining.

Don't worry though, our beloved Chancellor of the Exchequer has just announced billions of more cuts for the 3 years.

Remember - we're all in this together!
[quote][p][bold]cynicalsubber[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]No! I am Spartacus[/bold] wrote: Interesting how some of the less affluent areas of town have minimal potholes and the rest appear to have been forgotten....[/p][/quote]Actually, I've been startled at how bad some of the roads in Lexden are. Were I paying top whack council tax, I'd be more than a bit miffed about it.[/p][/quote]Wherever you live, there are bad roads. Also a lack of white-lining. Don't worry though, our beloved Chancellor of the Exchequer has just announced billions of more cuts for the 3 years. Remember - we're all in this together! Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 7

10:31am Tue 7 Jan 14

catflap1 says...

the roads all over are riddled with them--- thanks Gideon Osboure.

Bob Russell, the Higgins 's et al - when are you and the rest of the liberal party going to stand up to clegg and bring this govt down or will you all cling on to power at any cost ?
the roads all over are riddled with them--- thanks Gideon Osboure. Bob Russell, the Higgins 's et al - when are you and the rest of the liberal party going to stand up to clegg and bring this govt down or will you all cling on to power at any cost ? catflap1
  • Score: 4

10:37am Tue 7 Jan 14

AngryManNewTown says...

catflap1 wrote:
the roads all over are riddled with them--- thanks Gideon Osboure. Bob Russell, the Higgins 's et al - when are you and the rest of the liberal party going to stand up to clegg and bring this govt down or will you all cling on to power at any cost ?
I think that you have hit the nail on the head there.... Cling on at any cost. They would be in bed with nearly any party if it meant they were in power.
[quote][p][bold]catflap1[/bold] wrote: the roads all over are riddled with them--- thanks Gideon Osboure. Bob Russell, the Higgins 's et al - when are you and the rest of the liberal party going to stand up to clegg and bring this govt down or will you all cling on to power at any cost ?[/p][/quote]I think that you have hit the nail on the head there.... Cling on at any cost. They would be in bed with nearly any party if it meant they were in power. AngryManNewTown
  • Score: 3

2:01pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

'...could have your arm off'. My, that is some pot hole! Most pot holes at the side of the road are more likely to be a trip hazard, or a problem for cyclists, and not really a concern for one's arm. But this one is different, and we know why, don't we? Because since last week, it's been home to a gang of Bulgarian thieves, preying on the good people of New Town, and they'll have your whole arm off. The Marxist elite that run Britain let this happen, it's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is.

VOTE UKIP.

Nigel Farage, mad, you only have to look at him to see he's as sane as I am. Bah.
'...could have your arm off'. My, that is some pot hole! Most pot holes at the side of the road are more likely to be a trip hazard, or a problem for cyclists, and not really a concern for one's arm. But this one is different, and we know why, don't we? Because since last week, it's been home to a gang of Bulgarian thieves, preying on the good people of New Town, and they'll have your whole arm off. The Marxist elite that run Britain let this happen, it's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is. VOTE UKIP. Nigel Farage, mad, you only have to look at him to see he's as sane as I am. Bah. Mail Member 4 Colchester
  • Score: 2

5:47pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Johnny T says...

see if you can bury your head in it like most liberals do, and how come the lights are on in new town when the rest of us are left in the dark.
see if you can bury your head in it like most liberals do, and how come the lights are on in new town when the rest of us are left in the dark. Johnny T
  • Score: 1

9:28pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Fellulah69 says...

Not all the lights in new town. Just military and wimpole road. The 'estate' roads are in darkness between midnight and 5am and i have to use my phone as a torch to get to my car when i pick my boyfriend up from work at 1am! Not the safest feeling in the world for a lone female!
Not all the lights in new town. Just military and wimpole road. The 'estate' roads are in darkness between midnight and 5am and i have to use my phone as a torch to get to my car when i pick my boyfriend up from work at 1am! Not the safest feeling in the world for a lone female! Fellulah69
  • Score: 2

11:08pm Tue 7 Jan 14

talllboy says...

Do I detect a slow news day?

Yes, that is some hole, you could lose a (toy) bus in that !
Perhaps the archaeological trust should check that they have not let one of their holes escape into the wild?
Do I detect a slow news day? Yes, that is some hole, you could lose a (toy) bus in that ! Perhaps the archaeological trust should check that they have not let one of their holes escape into the wild? talllboy
  • Score: 1

1:19am Wed 8 Jan 14

Boris says...

Holes can suddenly appear pretty well anywhere. Not long ago, a massive hole appeared overnight in the middle of Athelstan Road. Barriers were put round it within an hour or two, and a repair squad appeared the next day to fix it.
Holes can suddenly appear pretty well anywhere. Not long ago, a massive hole appeared overnight in the middle of Athelstan Road. Barriers were put round it within an hour or two, and a repair squad appeared the next day to fix it. Boris
  • Score: 1

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