Claims street is most pothole riddled cul-de-sac in Northampton fail to get it resurfaced

Mary-Jane Brown holds up the county council letter informing her Austin Street will not be resurfaced, despite the fact it is covered in holes.

Mary-Jane Brown holds up the county council letter informing her Austin Street will not be resurfaced, despite the fact it is covered in holes.

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Residents of a pothole riddled cul-de-sac in Northampton have a had a petition to repair the street turned down despite claims it could be one of bumpiest in the town.

Last year Northamptonshire County Council was awarded a £1.5 million fund from central government to repair hole-laden roads.

Residents feel Austin Street, in the Mounts, is the worst pothole riddled road in Northampton. But the county council says it will not be repaired because it is not a high priority case.

Residents feel Austin Street, in the Mounts, is the worst pothole riddled road in Northampton. But the county council says it will not be repaired because it is not a high priority case.

More than 50 residents and users of Austin Street in the Mounts, which is peppered with a number of shallow dents, signed a petition to have their road resurfaced earlier this year, with many believing it could be one of the worst in Northampton.

But a letter sent in response from the county council this week said the road was not considered a “high priority” to warrant repair work.

Borough councillor Danielle Stone (Lab, Castle) started the petition and said she is “furious” a the decision.

“I travel all over Northampton and this has to be the worst street in the town,” she said.

“Even people that don’t live there say to me ‘have you seen Austin Street, it’s outrageous’.

“Those potholes are going to all join up and that road will just become one massive pothole.”

The county council says £5 million would be needed to rectify all of the worst hit routes in the county.

In its response letter to the rejected petition, the authority writes: “Regrettably there are many such roads with similar problems.

“While there is a programme to fund resurfacing of concrete roads in urban areas , due to the significant financial challenge and limited funds available it will take some time to address all of the sites on the priority list.”

The council says that Austin Street, although a concrete road in which the top “bituminous” layer has eroded, it is still “structurally sound.”

It also goes on to say that, in order for a road to be classed as a safety hazard, potholes need to reach a certain depth to warrant action.

But some residents say its current state is dangerous for the people living there.

Mary-Jane Brown, 43, an air stewardess with British Airways, owns a property on the street.

She said: “A lot of children play on our street because it is a dead end. I can just see an accident happening. If they trip up on a pothole they are going to hit their head.

“About 50 per cent of the road is coming away.”

“I wonder how this effects the value of my property too. It has been like this for at least two years.”

Councillor Stone said she will press for the road to be included in next year’s round of funding improvements.

“This has to be the worst pothole riddled road in Northampton,” she said. “I challenge anyone to show me a worse road.”