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New group sparks action on potholes

The damage to Debbie Davis' month-old car after it hit this pothole near Barmston last Thursday night
The damage to Debbie Davis' month-old car after it hit this pothole near Barmston last Thursday night

A new Facebook group set up to highlight Bridlington’s problem potholes seems to have had instant success.

Repairing the damage will cost more than �600

Repairing the damage will cost more than �600

It was only started at the weekend, but within 48 hours had already attracted more than 1,000 members – and many noticed an increase in action to repair the roads.

Organisers urged residents to not just complain about the hot spot areas, but to report them to the council and the social media page listed phone numbers and website links.

On Monday, there were reports of work being carried out on Cardigan Road, West Crayke, Bessingby Road and other badly-hit streets.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has said it has ordered almost 500 potholes to be repaired since the start of April.

The brand new car was damaged at Barmston

The brand new car was damaged at Barmston

The Facebook group was started by Debbie Davis, whose car suffered hundreds of pounds worth of damage when she hit a pothole last Thursday night. She suffered a terrifying ordeal which left her 10-year-old son in tears, but she has been heartened by the public’s response.

“I’m really pleased with the support because this is all about safety,” she said.

Debbie was returning to Bridlington at around 10.30pm after visiting family in Hull.

She said: “It was pitch black.

The pothole was around eight inches deep

The pothole was around eight inches deep

“I got to Barmston bend and there was a car coming towards me on the central line. I was still within my side of the road, when I heard the most almighty bang and it turned out I had hit a pothole. The tyre deflated instantly. I was only going at 40mph and because it was at night the roads were pretty quiet. If I had been going any faster I would have set the airbags off.”

Breakdown companies said she faced a three-hour wait for assistance, so Debbie called a relative to help her get home and she eventually got to Bridlington at 2am.

While waiting they measured the pothole, which was 11ft long, 18 inches wide and eight inches deep.

Another car had pulled over further down the road, and had suffered a similar fate.

Initial estimates from a garage suggest repairing the damage will cost more than £600. Debbie’s car was less than a month old.

After reporting the problem to the council and police, she turned to social media.

“I put a post on one of the existing groups showing the damage and explaining that we were OK but it could have been a lot worse,” said Debbie.

“The feedback was that there were some pretty horrendous potholes in Bridlington but we needed a community online to make people aware of it and where to avoid. Everybody gets really really frustrated about potholes, but the new group I set up was to encourage people to report them through the proper channels and make other drivers aware. We shared the telephone number and web address. More than 10 people have already now contacted me and said the exact same thing happened to them, dating back two-and-a-half weeks.”

The new Bridlington Potholes group immediately took off on Facebook, with 1,200 members signing up in the first two days, and by reporting the problems, they started to see action.

Many posted photos of council workmen filling in sections of the road.

A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “The council’s highways maintenance team tries to keep on top of pothole repairs as they arise. However our budgets and resources are limited and have been stretched over recent months. Since the start of April, the council has issued works orders for the repair of 470 potholes in Bridlington, which are currently underway. Hopefully this should go some way towards addressing the concerns of residents.”