Council is called on to resolve dangerous road

Left to right) David Hennigan, Councillor Samantha Deakin and Julie Maltby.on Clipstone Ave, Sutton.
Left to right) David Hennigan, Councillor Samantha Deakin and Julie Maltby.on Clipstone Ave, Sutton.

A dispute over who owns a Sutton road needs to be resolved as it is dangerous for schoolchildren, say concerned residents.

They have asked Nottinghamshire County Council for an urgent investigation into Clipstone Avenue, which residents say needs urgent repairs, double-yellow lines and weight restrictions.

Resident Julie Maltby, aged 50, is calling for urgent action to repair potholes on the road.

She says huge articulated lorries are using it to access a kitchen centre and parents dropping children off at school are parking dangerously.

She says she has been unable to get any help for repairing the road, despite having documents she claims proves it was adopted in 1995.

She said: “We are sick of asking for something to be done.

“It is only a matter of time before a child is injured.”

Dave Hennigan, for the Ashfield Independents political group, has written to Nottinghamshire County Council, the highways authority.

He said he witnessed several cars speeding down the narrow “dirt track”, one narrowly missing a young family.

He said: “I saw of cars using the avenue to pick up their children, one reversing at speed and another parking on the pavement, forcing a young mum to use the road.

“There was an articulated lorry blocking off the avenue as parents picked up their children .”

Ian Patchett, highways assets manager from Via East Midlands, which manages the county’s roads on behalf of the county council, said: “Roads that aren’t publicly maintained, such as Clipstone Avenue – often known as unadopted roads – are the responsibility of the landowner

“Any resident who wishes to dispute this, or has evidence to suggest their road should be publicly maintained, are welcome to contact Via and we can look into it further.”