Is this finally the end of the road for Patch? Council announces pothole repairs for town

All dug up - A pothole in need of repairing
All dug up - A pothole in need of repairing

They are the bane of most people’s lives, but at long last help could be at hand for long-suffering victims of potholes in Horncastle.

The News can reveal Lincolnshire County Council has announced plans to repair 15 particularly problematic potholes in the town.

And the sites include Stanhope Road where residents have become that familiar with one pot-hole, they’ve named him ‘Patch.’

The full sites are: South Street (at the junction with East Street), Stanhope Road/Banks Street, Tudor Park, Stonewell Row, Hemingby Lane, Low Toynton Close, Lan caster Avenue, Southwells Lane, Accommodation Road, Holly Close, Foundry Street/Queens Street, Mareham Road, The Wong/South Street junction, Conging Street and Brooke Road.

Confirmation of the work was announced by Horncastle’s County Councillor Bill Aron.

Speaking at last week’s town council meeting, Coun Aron said he was sure residents would welcome the repairs.

No dates have been specified but it’s expected the repairs will be carried out as soon as possible.

There has been strong criticism of the County Council about the standard of repair work.

In Stanhope Road, residents claim ‘Patch’ has been repaired more than half-a-dozen times.

They have accused contractors working for the County Council of wasting time and money.

Resident Jonathan Lincoln has written to the council, asking how much they have spent on repairing that one particular pothole.

Another town resident, Ian Stanley, welcomed the announcement.

He said: “I live near Accommodation Road and the surface is shocking, especially in bad weather.

“It’s been repaired before but it needs more than 
just throwing a bit of tarmac at it.”