Repaired pothole causes £200 of damage to car

The Bolton News: Janet Jackson by the car wheel, which has been repaired Janet Jackson by the car wheel, which has been repaired

A POTHOLE which was repaired before Christmas left a motorist with a £200 repair bill.

Janet Jackson’s red Chevrolet Matiz hit the pothole while she was driving along Bolton Road, Kearsley, towards Farnworth, on Sunday evening.

Mrs Jackson, aged 54, of Selside Court, Stone-clough, was with her son Thomas, aged 29, when she hit the pothole, opposite Jackson Street.

Her car’s ball joint, part of the suspension which allows the wheels to steer, was broken in the accident.

Engineers visited the area and repaired the pothole within 24 hours after Mrs Jackson reported the car damage to Bolton Council — even though the pothole had been repaired on December 21.

She said: “I was in such a state of shock. All of a sudden my car hit this pothole and made a massive clunk.

“It’s not just that pothole, there’s loads round there. It’s a nightmare.”

She added: “I’m just glad that I was with somebody and that I wasn’t far from home. It could have been seriously dangerous.”

Mrs Jackson was watching the Manchester United match with her family at the Market Street Tavern in Stoneclough, on January 5, when son Christian said he wanted to get some money from a cash machine.

It was while Mrs Jackson was on the way to get the cash, at 5.15pm, when the accident occurred.

The AA took her car away and has since had Mrs Jackson’s car repaired. A council spokesman said: “Potholes such as these, which are on a busy main route, are repaired within 24 hours and as soon as it was reported to us, we went out and fixed it.

“This pothole was originally repaired on December 21, but unfortunately the repair didn’t last due to the adverse wet weather.”

The spokesman added: “This does not mean that repairs fail — most do not. However, the chance of failure is always going to be higher in less than perfect conditions.”

A survey published last year by the Department of Transport revealed that the borough’s “unclass-ified” roads, which are mainly residential, were the fourth worst out of 116 local authorities.

Pothole compensation paid out to drivers in Bolton last year came to around the same as the year before, despite a 50 per cent cut in highway funding.

To report potholes ring 01204 336600 or visit the Bolton Council website — bolton.gov.uk — and fill in an online form.

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11:37am Sat 11 Jan 14

oftbewildered2 says...

it is not whether or not the pothole is repaired that is in question here; it is the quality of the repair. A shovel-ful of bitmac and a good patting down with the back of the shovel is just cosmetic. This happens in our street (side street) and the holes re-appear within six weeks.
it is not whether or not the pothole is repaired that is in question here; it is the quality of the repair. A shovel-ful of bitmac and a good patting down with the back of the shovel is just cosmetic. This happens in our street (side street) and the holes re-appear within six weeks. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 13

12:00pm Sat 11 Jan 14

tracy1000 says...

Rawson st in farnworth is a main route n the potholes there are appalling the council can spend millions doin up the town hall for the umpteenth time but cant spend a few grand repairing the roads
Rawson st in farnworth is a main route n the potholes there are appalling the council can spend millions doin up the town hall for the umpteenth time but cant spend a few grand repairing the roads tracy1000
  • Score: 10

12:11pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Andyroost says...

The problem here is simple, cut the red tape, Give me the contract, I will put three vans out with experienced men, doing quality repairs with guarantees, before you say No We don't go round robbing people with a van and half inch of tarmac on your drive, but can easily add this job to the successful business we already run.

Surely this is a case of driving without due care and attention, or under the influence,either way the council budget will keep her running costs down.
From a technical point a ball joint in healthy condition should be able to withstand a pothole, if not the car isn't fit for purpose, trouble with buying cheap imports. Stay British
The problem here is simple, cut the red tape, Give me the contract, I will put three vans out with experienced men, doing quality repairs with guarantees, before you say No We don't go round robbing people with a van and half inch of tarmac on your drive, but can easily add this job to the successful business we already run. Surely this is a case of driving without due care and attention, or under the influence,either way the council budget will keep her running costs down. From a technical point a ball joint in healthy condition should be able to withstand a pothole, if not the car isn't fit for purpose, trouble with buying cheap imports. Stay British Andyroost
  • Score: -9

12:58pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

"Intoxicated Manchester United fan drives into hole in road".
That sounds better.
"Intoxicated Manchester United fan drives into hole in road". That sounds better. Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: -3

1:40pm Sat 11 Jan 14

miroku says...

tracy1000 wrote:
Rawson st in farnworth is a main route n the potholes there are appalling the council can spend millions doin up the town hall for the umpteenth time but cant spend a few grand repairing the roads
Surprisingly (or not) Trafford St, which is on the other side of Farnworth Town Hall and leads to access to Town Hall employees car park, was resurfaced last year around the time the refurbishment finished,
Coincidence, I think not.
[quote][p][bold]tracy1000[/bold] wrote: Rawson st in farnworth is a main route n the potholes there are appalling the council can spend millions doin up the town hall for the umpteenth time but cant spend a few grand repairing the roads[/p][/quote]Surprisingly (or not) Trafford St, which is on the other side of Farnworth Town Hall and leads to access to Town Hall employees car park, was resurfaced last year around the time the refurbishment finished, Coincidence, I think not. miroku
  • Score: 4

6:18pm Sat 11 Jan 14

hal pel says...

It's a shame her Brother Michael passed away, I'm sure he'd have sorted the road out no bother.
It's a shame her Brother Michael passed away, I'm sure he'd have sorted the road out no bother. hal pel
  • Score: 1

10:30pm Sat 11 Jan 14

atlas123 says...

Bury council is better than Bolton in many respects, but roads is not one of them...

It is everyones responsibility to report potholes.

Www.fixmystreet.co.u
k
Bury council is better than Bolton in many respects, but roads is not one of them... It is everyones responsibility to report potholes. Www.fixmystreet.co.u k atlas123
  • Score: 3

10:30pm Sat 11 Jan 14

atlas123 says...

Bury council is better than Bolton in many respects, but roads is not one of them...

It is everyones responsibility to report potholes.

Www.fixmystreet.co.u
k
Bury council is better than Bolton in many respects, but roads is not one of them... It is everyones responsibility to report potholes. Www.fixmystreet.co.u k atlas123
  • Score: 2

6:29pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Use the correct hard wearing material;s to repair all roads. It seems logical fir long term gains and funds. But no, the conspiracy with the oil corporations will continue, and roads will continue to be repaired using fossil fuel related products of an inferior quality.

Garnish and serve....
Use the correct hard wearing material;s to repair all roads. It seems logical fir long term gains and funds. But no, the conspiracy with the oil corporations will continue, and roads will continue to be repaired using fossil fuel related products of an inferior quality. Garnish and serve.... Beyond News Forum
  • Score: -2

8:38am Mon 13 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

Bolton Council spending millions on a nice new bus station so the buses can travel on rubbish roads.
Bolton Council spending millions on a nice new bus station so the buses can travel on rubbish roads. Jim271
  • Score: 2

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