Potholes

I hope a row about potholes isn’t about to flare up.

We live on a road which is mostly unadopted which means it isn’t maintained at public expense. The homeowners are responsible for its upkeep.

After a few bad winters recently, several potholes have begun to appear in the road. There is one at the start of the road which everyone has to drive over or around, one on the border between us and next door which everyone except three households has to drive over or around and one at the top of the road (we live in a cul-de-sac) which affects only 6 of the 14 households, and even then there is usually a 4 x 4 parked over it so no-one has to drive through it anyway.

We found out yesterday that one of the householders has sent a spiteful, anonymous letter to the people who live in the first house as you enter the road (number 1A). It demands that they do something about the pothole outside their house or risk being sued for damage to vehicles as a result of driving through the hole. I had assumed that the letter had come from the people who live at the end of the road at number 10. These are people who treat the road like a race track and intimidate learner drivers. It seemed to be the sort of thing they would do.

However, number 10 is affected by all three potholes but we didn’t get a letter about the hole outside our house, nor did the people who ‘own’ the hole further up the road. Surely we would have done if number 10 were the letter-writer? So, some of the residents are suggesting that the letter was sent by a household which is only affected by that one pothole. This would mean the people at number 13.

The difficulty here is that the people at number 13 are too open and above board to stoop to such underhand methods. At least, I would assume they are. I might be wrong about them.

The daft thing is, the relevant pothole is in the part of the road which is adopted. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the local authority to fill it in, not of the people at 1A.

The thing that annoys me most, though, about this is that the letter is not, strictly speaking, anonymous. It claims to be from “the residents” of the road. One household has sent this letter claiming that it’s from the rest of us, and it isn’t.

This was a cowardly act and it’s left me feeling a bit on edge.

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