To the rest of the country, potholes are the scurge of the roads, wrecking tyres and causing accidents.
But one parish council has decided not to repair the potholes on its roads, because they offer a cheap and effective ‘traffic calming’ solution.
Despite the fact that the craters can cause serious damage to vehicles, especially car tyres, the council outlined its plan to nothing about the potholes blighting the roads in the village of Navestock in Essex.
In a newsletter delivered to the locals, the article urges villagers to ‘stop complaining’ about the verges and potholes’, adding: ‘Potholes cost a lot to repair and that’s our rates.
‘Coupled with potholes there is an ongoing cry for speed limits. Well, potholes are the original traffic calming measure.
‘So what with saving much time, rates and calming the traffic, potholes seem quite friendly.’
Not surprisingly perhaps, the local villagers are furious with the parish council’s crackpot plan not to ask Essex County Council to repair their roads for the next year.
Roy Tyzack, a 61-year-old former policeman who lives in the picturesque village, told the Daily Mail: ‘We have a great deal of potholes and since the snow and frost, the situation has got even worse.
‘I know from my time in the police how serious a problem they can be. They cause accidents, damage to vehicles – even at low speeds – personal injury to pedestrians, particularly at night in our unlit lanes, and the consequences of one of our many young horse riders falling foul of a pothole do not bear thinking about.’
Denna Bowman, Head Office