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Concerns raised about condition of Boxford residential road after Suffolk County Council decides no immediate action is needed

Picture by Mark Westley. (7148164)
Picture by Mark Westley. (7148164)

A businessman has expressed his concern over the conditions of a residential road in Boxford, after being informed that no immediate action would be taken.

Daniel Moore reported the matter, involving a series of potholes in Daking Avenue, on Suffolk County Council’s online portal.

After logging the complaint on Sunday night, he received a swift response the following morning, informing him that, while an officer from Suffolk Highways had inspected the site, the current conditions were not deemed to “warrant remedial action.”

Mr Moore, of Goodlands Avenue, was left dumbfounded by the response, and said he remains sceptical that an inspection had been conducted at all.

“I don’t believe they went there to have a look,” he said. “It was all just a bit too quick.”

Picture by Mark Westley. (7148163)
Picture by Mark Westley. (7148163)

Mr Moore explained that cars parked on the road meant that there was nowhere for motorists to dodge the potholes.

“You can’t avoid them, especially if cars are coming towards you,” said the 44-year-old.

Having replaced two tyres from driving on poorly maintained roads in other parts of the county, Mr Moore is concerned he will encounter further costs, should the potholes remain in their current condition.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Highways said: “During the previous inspection of Daking Avenue, it was noted that the road surface had deteriorated, however, the uneven areas did not meet the criteria for repair. “We appreciate that the road is not aesthetically pleasing, but our priority is whether it is safe for users.

“We have arranged for the community warden to inspect the location again to see if the road surface has worsened.

“In December 2018, repairs were completed to several defects along Daking Avenue that required it. We will continue to routinely inspect the road and take action when required.”

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