It’s dubbed the “worst road in Britain” and boasts more than 100 potholes that have inflicted costly damage to tyres, shock absorbers and exhaust pipes.
But finally Leicester City Council, who had refused to admit there was a serious problem, has climbed down and agreed to spend £50,000 on the road.
Now, after countless tyres have been burst, shock absorbers have collapsed and exhaust pipes fallen off, the residents of Netherhall Road are celebrating victory after a two year letter writing campaign.
And to prove it pays to complain, a team of 30 works has been resurfacing the street this week for the first time in 30 years.
Chris Hopewell, a 23-year-old office worker, said: “It’s about time. I live just off Netherhall road so I use it all the time and I’m always having to repair my car.
“At the minute I need my two front shockers repairing.”
More than 2,000 people signed a petition and hundreds of homeowners and local businesses wrote letters of complaint, finally forcing the council to re-classify the road as a high priority for repairs.
The council had £850,000 set aside for “reactive repairs” such as potholes, the work at Netherhall Road swallowed up six per cent of the budget.
Denna Bowman, Head Office