pothole david seaman
POTHOLES along a main road have cost a motorist money – and, he says, two years of grief.
David Seaman, 81, lives in Royal Crescent, South Ruislip. He is angry at Hillingdon Council’s apparent lack of priority in resurfacing roads.
He said: “I’ve been complaining to councillors for over two years about the condition of the roads around here, particularly in Victoria Road (between South Ruislip and Ruislip Manor).
“My road has been completely resurfaced, but there really was not much wrong with it and it is a quiet road. They are resurfacing other minor roads and ignoring the state of the main connecting road.”
The council’s street manager, John Fern, said there were no defects “above the council’s intervention levels” in Victoria Road, and that the road was in line for resurfacing.
At the February 28 meeting councillors will discuss next year’s budget. A list of roads due for improvement funds is not finalised.
Mr Seaman forked out £138 to repair the suspension on his car.
He said: “I had the use of three Ford Scorpios as company cars before I bought my current one, all of them covering over 100,000 miles each, and none of them ever had to have front suspension parts replaced. As the suspension parts had to be replaced on my current car at 59,000 miles, while road surfaces had deteriorated, I felt it reasonable to deduce that poor road surfaces and potholes were the cause.”
The former service director of a Rolls-Royce service centre, said he could not prove the link, but added: “From the BP garage in Victoria Road all the way to Sidmouth Drive it’s a constant bumping.”