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Councillors ‘argue’ over which is the worst pothole in this Nottinghamshire town

Hucknall’s new County Councillors David Shaw, Lee Waters and John Wilmott are at loggerheads over just which road is the worst in the town.

Since getting elected on 6 May, the councillors have wasted no time compiling and reporting a list of what they say are Hucknall’s worst roads.

The problem is – they say they can’t agree on which is the worst road in Hucknall.

The Ashfield Independent councillors are now asking for the help of residents to identify the worst road in the town.

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Councillor Shaw claims the worst road is Castleton Close in Hucknall West, Councillor Waters claims it is Vine Terrace in his patch of Hucknall South and Councillor Wilmott claims, despite being spoilt for choice – it is Coronation Road in Hucknall.


Councillor David Shaw said, “During the election – the state of Hucknall’s broken roads and pavements was one of the major issues.  People called the election the ‘…pot-hole poll’.  Since the election, we have wasted no time and have compiled a list of dozens of roads that need urgent attention.


“We have reported that many that we’ve been asked to prioritise.  That’s where are problems start.  We simply cannot agree which is the worst road in Hucknall – there are so many.  Castleton Close is in a disgraceful state of disrepair – that’s where my vote goes.  Can residents help us identify a worse road in Hucknall?”


Councillor Lee Waters disagrees.  The Ashfield Independent councillor for Hucknall South said, “Four years of wasted money and time has led to Nottinghamshire being singled out as the worst place in the country for pot-holes.

“Whilst Castleton Close is disgraceful – I’d argue that Vine Terrace and others in my patch are worse still.  Residents tell me about damage to their vehicles on our broken roads.  Residents tell me about personal injury caused by our decaying highways.  We need action now!”


Councillor John Wilmott represents Hucknall North on the County Council.  He said, “I’ve reported as many pavements as I have done roads.  Elderly residents tell me that they can’t use some of our pavements due to their condition.

“Parents with pushchairs tell me the same.  We are fighting to sort out our highways once and for all.  I’ve made my point to colleagues however – the worst road by a mile in Hucknall is Coronation Road.  To be fair – I could have made the case for dozens more.  This is something I am now working with the County Council to resolve.”

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Nottinghamshire County Council have set up a new panel to look at highway’s repairs and the processes to fix them.  The Ashfield Independents are compiling a dossier directly addressing the issue.

This includes the use of ViaFix to fix pot-holes, calling for a reversal of the way they allocate funding to be based on usage of roads and not length of roads and calling for an extra £1million extra per year to spent in Ashfield to address years of chronic underfunding.”


If you would like to suggest what you think is the worst road in Hucknall – please email cllr.dave.shaw@nottscc.gov.uk or use #hashtag #hucknallsworstroad on Twitter.

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