Name and shame the roads with the worst pot-holes in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire
Often you don't see them until it's too late. When it rains, their danger is hidden under a roof of rain water. But they are vicious, nasty and dangerous. To some they are just a hole in the road. To those who have been victims, they are man traps or simply pot-holes.
For many years as a local journalist, one of the regular stories we have written about is pot-holes in streets. In fact, I had become ambivalent to them due to the volume of them appearing in our columns.
But not now. I've noticed over the last year an increasing number of pot-holes on every kind of road, A, B or country road and even the odd belter on the M6.
In an act of New Year madness, I decided to start cycling along some lanes at the back of Sandbach and in and around Alsager.
While riding through the beautiful winter countryside I encountered the curse of the pot-hole. But it wasn't just one pot-hole, but row after row of pot-holes, of all sizes and shapes providing a variety of dangers.
One was so deep that if by chance I had fallen face down into it, I could have drowned…fortunately I have my 25 metre swimming badge.
It made me begin to wonder what I paid my road tax for? As I have travelled through the Potteries during the last couple of weeks, my pot-hole obsession has grown to such an extent that I'm starting to wonder if
anyone or any authority will ever fill them in?
Is it the fault of Government or our local councils that ourroads are in as bad a state as I can remember?
Are the pot-holes a metaphor for the crumbling economy? Will they only ever be repaired once the recession ends and until then travellers will face having to negotiate them like a slalom course?
I've attached some pictures of my favourite pot-holes, you take your life in your hands to picture these horrors of the road. But what I would like readers to do is to send me their own pot-hole pictures.
I want to name and shame the worse streets in the Potteries and South Cheshire and then ask the relevant authorities what are they going to do to sort the problem out.
If you would like to join in, please forward your pictures to me with the name of the street, your name, address and contact details and send them to email@example.com or upload them onto the web site.
Whatever mode of transport you use, go carefully.