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Councillor welcomes apology over ‘pigs ear’ pothole repair

Hucknall Councillor Lee Waters has welcomed an apology for the ‘embarrassing’ and ‘pigs ear’ job done by the Conservative-run County Council to patch up Brookside in the town.

He has submitted a question for the Full Council Meeting on Thursday where he will be asking the Conservatives to review all sub-contractors who undertake work on behalf of the County Council.

He has further welcomed the promise to fully resurface the road and hailed it as a victory for Hucknall residents.

Residents on Brookside, Hucknall dubbed one of the worst roads in England by the media were left furious last week.

This was after workers came out, chucked some ‘viafix’ solution into a few holes and drove off. This led to numerous comments on social media.

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Neil Clarke MBE, the Conservative Chairman of the County Council’s Transport and Environment Committee admitted that it wasn’t good enough and promised to put the work right.

Councillor Waters, County Councillor for Hucknall South said:

“Of course it’s welcome that the work will be put right. To blame subbies for the poor job is passing the buck however.

“The Conservatives who preside over Hucknall’s broken roads and pavements need to accept responsibility.

“It’s a little bit like Boris Johnson and Mark Spencer blaming caterers for the plethora of Downing Street parties.

“I have submitted a question for Full Council this Thursday specifically on this issue and will be pushing for an immediate review of all sub-contractors who carry out work on behalf of the County Council.

“I’m pleased that County Hall have confirmed that Brookside will be completely resurfaced this year.

“This work is about 30 years too late but shows that working with residents I can deliver improvements that benefit Hucknall. I’ve only got somewhere in the region of 200 roads to go but will continue to ensure that Hucknall gets its fair share of highway’s improvements.”

It’s not the first time that Nottinghamshire County Council have blamed sub-contractors for ‘botch’ jobs.

In October, 2020 – sub-contractors working on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council caused outrage by resurfacing around a parked car and patching up around foliage and weeds in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

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