Council responds to residents’ complaints

Residents of Unwin Street, Huthwaite, from left, Malcolm Evans, Jon Pembleton and Robert Allen, on their road which is in a bad state of repair.
Residents of Unwin Street, Huthwaite, from left, Malcolm Evans, Jon Pembleton and Robert Allen, on their road which is in a bad state of repair.

Residents of a Huthwaite street say their road has been neglected by Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) and left to crumble while neighbouring roads are regularly repaired.

Jon Pembleton, of Unwin Street, has even used Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to reveal which streets NCC has resurfaced and claims his road has been unfairly overlooked.

Since 2009 there have been over 20 separate pleas from Jon and his neighbours for repair work and a petition gathered signatures from the entire street and called for action in 2013.

Jon said: “There is a significant amount of loose gravel across the whole surface of Unwin Street, some of which is dropping down into the drains. Being on hill the road presents a serious skid risk and needs regular sweeping as it continues to deteriorate. The gravel returns immediately after sweeping and yet, despite multiple complaints, AC and NCC have only swept it once in the last two and half years.”

“NCC have to be constantly chased to sweep it and in the last 2.5 years have only managed to do it once, back in January.

“The normal response we get from NCC is that Ashfield Council is responsible for cleanliness.”

In August Jon was told by NCC that work on Unwin Street had been delayed until after Severn Trent Water had completed some works to the area - but the drainage plans show only one small section where one small pipe passes under the road.

Jon said: “The road surface continues to deteriorate, exposing drain covers and ironwork.

“This has led to existing pot holes joining into large sections of missing tarmac.

“The majority of damage is along the main central section of the road and has to be driven over with some residents even suffering suspension damage to their vehicles. Deeper Larger individual pot holes exist and are mainly along areas of car parking.”

He, and other residents, are concerned that Skegby Road and Parkside have recently been resurfaced, with nearby Duke Street and King Street all on an official list for re-surfacing - even though they are in much better condition than Unwin Street.

A frustrated Mr Pembleton has also made a series of FOI requests which revealed that NCC has received less complaints about neighbouring roads than Unwin Street.

He said: “We have never been given a reason that justifies why we have been overlooked.”