Potholes cause problems in Felixstowe

VIDEO Could these be the biggest and deepest pot-holes anywhere in Suffolk?Customers at one of Felixstowe's busiest industrial estates have to face these monsters every day - threatening their car wheels and suspensions and giving them a bumpy ride into the bargain.

COULD these be the biggest and deepest pot-holes anywhere in Suffolk?

Customers at one of Felixstowe's busiest industrial estates have to face these monsters every day - threatening their car wheels and suspensions and giving them a bumpy ride into the bargain.

Some traders admit the holes can be off-putting to visitors - and some cautious customers will even travel to the other end of Bridge Road, turning round and going out the same way, to avoid driving over the pot-holes.

The biggest problem is that no-one knows who is responsible for the stretch of road which is causing all the frustration and so no action is being taken to repair it.

Rob Baker, owner of the Tackle Up fishing shop, said Bridge Road, which runs off Garrison Lane railway bridge, is a private, unadopted road.

“Basically, it is up to all the businesses to get together and agree to pay for the road to be properly surfaced or for each company to do the stretch outside their premises,” he said.

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“I spent £1,200 doing mine because it is a real big job to get everyone to agree and most people have done the same, just doing their bit, but this can leave gaps.

“I think the holes are awful - they are really deep and not very pleasant for people to drive over.

“It's pretty busy down here, too, with customers coming all the time and delivery lorries, so the holes are only going to get worse.”

Mr Baker said he wanted to try and find out whether the county council would adopt the road and look after its maintenance.

“I don't know what has to happen for that to take place or how easy it would be. We all pay our business rates and it would be great to get something back,” he added.

Other businesses though said the main problem was that no-one knew who owned the most pot-holed stretch near the access on St Andrew's Road.

It was believed the stretch may be the responsibility of the developer of the Leeward Court flats.

A county council spokeswoman said the authority would be happy to give advice if approached about unadopted roads and repairs.

However, for a road to be adopted by the county it would need to be made up to the required standard for Suffolk's streets at the expense of the owner before this could be considered.

Do you know who owns the pot-holed stretch of road? Call the Evening Star's Felixstowe Newsdesk on 01394 284109.

Are Suffolk's roads up to standard? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk