Mess misery of Ipswich street

POTHOLES have caused a wave of despair in one Ipswich street but an end to all the ups and downs is in sight.Each time buses pass over the water-filled cavities in Dogs Head Street it splashes a tidal wave of muck across the pavement and onto windows of the nearby Ipswich Building Society.

By Amanda Cresswell

POTHOLES have caused a wave of despair in one Ipswich street but an end to all the ups and downs is in sight.

Each time buses pass over the water-filled cavities in Dogs Head Street it splashes a tidal wave of muck across the pavement and onto windows of the nearby Ipswich Building Society.

It is putting shoppers at risk of a drenching and having to fork out the cost of a cleaning bill.

Ipswich council carried out temporary work on Thursday morning, but permanent repairs are set for Sunday 9 Feb.

Spotting the messy windows, The Evening Star contacted John Whayman, chief executive of the society which is on the corner of Dogs Head Street and Upper Brook Street.

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"It is pretty horrendous," he said.

"The narrowness of the road means that the buses have to go through the potholes and the water has been splashing the windows."

He said the problem has been compounded by busses stopping in the potholes.

Although Mr Whayman has not received complaints about drenched customers so far, the filthy pavements are causing a stir.

"Wednesday was a particularly wet day.

"We just had our office refurbished and the carpets are getting dirty because of all the mud which has been brought in from the pavements."

Borough engineer Pat Ryan said temporary repairs were made during the week, but it does not seem to have solved the problem.

He said the road would be looked again to see if anything else can be done before permanent repair work is carried out.

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