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Grantham motorist left out of pocket after pothole rips through car tyre

A frustrated motorist has been forced to replace her tyre after her car hit a huge pothole.

Charlotte Newton, 25, was driving along Gorse Lane, last Thursday, when she drove into the hole, bursting one of the tyres.

Charlotte, who has just started working for Grantham debt firm Totemic, said: “I was on my work lunchbreak and decided to visit my friend who works at Grantham Caravans.

“Town was gridlocked with traffic so I decided to drive down Gorse Lane as a short cut. I was nearly at the end of the lane when there was a massive bang and my whole car shook. I had to grip my steering wheel as it sent my car careering to the side of the road.”

Gorse Lane potholes (2389175)
Gorse Lane potholes (2389175)

Charlotte was left stranded with a flat tyre until Traynors Car Breakers, who are also located on Gorse Lane, lent her a space saver tyre, enabling her to drive into town to buy another tyre, costing £55.

Charlotte added: “I don’t like making a fuss but I had to take three hours off work to sort it out and I only started five weeks ago. I don’t expect to pay tax for this to happen.”

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for Highways, said: “We were sorry to hear about this motorist’s experience and can understand her frustration. Please be assured that we are aware of the potholes on Gorse Lane and they will be repaired.

“Now the weather is improving, we’re beginning to catch up with the backlog created by the bad winter weather. We’ve also brought in three additional teams to help deal with the extra workload, and, as a result, we’ve been able to repair over 12,000 potholes since January.

“Recently, we earmarked a further £12m to be invested in highways maintenance. While this extra money will make a difference, it is nowhere near the hundreds of millions of pounds that is needed to bring our roads up to the standard we would like.

“That’s why we are calling on the government for fairer funding for Lincolnshire. If councils here received the average funding for council areas in England, the region would benefit from £116 million of extra funding for services every year - some of which would be used towards highways repairs. That would make a massive difference.”


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