Cheltenham residents are tearing their hair out over widespread failure to mend potholes and delays in carrying out major road works.
The Conservative-run County Council is responsible for roads and pavements across Gloucestershire.
Cheltenham’s Liberal Democrat MP Martin Horwood says: “Potholes have been a growing problem in Cheltenham ever since Shire Hall took over responsibility for highways maintenance several years ago.
“We all know there were floods back in 2007 and then two bad winters but the excuses are wearing thin. And it seems to have got worse since the Tories appointed a new contractor in April last year.”
Recent improvements to the pavements in part of the High Street near the Regent Arcade were meant to be finished in October – but by the start of the busy Christmas shopping season they were only half done. They had to be stopped and resumed again after Christmas.
Now Liberal Democrats on the County Council are demanding an enquiry into what is going wrong and why our roads and pavements are deteriorating so fast.