Botched pothole repair branded a ‘joke’

NO LAUGHING MATTER: Developer David Rossi surveys the pothole repair in Station Road, Sudbury.
NO LAUGHING MATTER: Developer David Rossi surveys the pothole repair in Station Road, Sudbury.

The temporary repair of a pothole which has blighted a Sudbury road for six months has been criticised.

Contractors working on behalf of Suffolk County Council filled in a damaged section of Station Road on Wednesday.

But David Rossi, who has developed a three-storey building on the corner of Station Road and Edgworth Road, labelled the quality of the work as “laughable” after stones and bits of rubble were left behind.

“The pothole had been in the road for six months and it had been getting worse and worse,” said Mr Rossi.

“I contacted county councillor John Sayers, who was also very irate about this, and workers eventually came out last week, but what they have done is pathetic.”

The 63-year-old criticised the contractors for what he called a “rushed job”, pointing out that the remaining rubble could easily be flicked up by passing vehicles to damage windows.

“The repair is a joke,” said Mr Rossi. “It was such a waste of time. It is so bad it is laughable.”

He added that the repair reflected badly on the council and that if left in its current state further damage to the road could easily occur.

“It does not look good in terms of how the council is run,” said Mrs Rossi.

“The money that was spent on the repair looks like being a waste.

“There is a main drain under that section of road and, as the repair was so bad, the drain could eventually crack. Then there would be major roadworks and huge expense, just because this was not done properly.”

A council spokesman said the authority had received an emergency call about the pothole and had carried out temporary repairs to avoid distribution.

“A permanent job will be completed as soon as possible,” she said.