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Massive pothole four-feet long appears on Nottinghamshire village road

A massive pothole near an Ashfield village is believed to have been caused by the heavy rain from Storm Henk.

Local councillors have measured the crater on Flatts Lane, Westwood, as measuring 20 inches (50cm) deep, four feet (1.2m) long and 2 (60cm) feet wide.

Nottinghamshire County Council says it will be fixed urgently, but there has been criticism of the overall state of the roads across the region.

A highways manager from Nottinghamshire County Council said: “The weather conditions and flooding arising from Storm Henk have caused considerable damage to some road surfaces in Nottinghamshire, and this pothole on Flatts Lane in Westwood appears to be an example of that damage.”

An incident response team were due to visit the site on Wednesday (January 11) and aimed to complete repairs urgently.

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At one point more than 40mm of rain fell in just 24 hours during Storm Henk last week, causing flooding across the county and forcing  some residents to leave their homes.

However, Ashfield Independents say there are long-term problems with the roads that need to be addressed.

Selston ward Councillor David Martin (Ash Ind) said: “This is by some distance the worst pothole I have ever seen anywhere.  It is diabolical and systematic of the way the Conservatives treat our highways.

“The Flatts Lane pothole may be the worst example in the whole county, probably the whole country – but the way our roads and pavements have deteriorated across the board is truly shocking.

“Residents have complained about significant damage to the cars on this one pot-hole.  Flatts by name, Flats by Nature.  These pot-holes are a danger to life and we demand action now.”

Ashfield District Council leader Councillor Jason Zadrozny (Ash Ind) said: “Roads and pavements across Nottinghamshire are the worst I have ever seen as a Councillor.  The ones in the Selston Parish beggar belief.

“Pot-holes like this are infuriating residents and I challenge any resident to highlight a bigger, more dangerous pot-hole or road.

“The Conservatives at County Hall have had close to seven years to sort our roads out.  The broken state of our highways are a symbol of the broken promises of the Tories who are responsible for them.  They are now blaming floods and storms but the reality is that they have had enough chances to fix them and people are sick of the excuses.”

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