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Council Workers Fill In Half A Pot Hole

 

Updated : May 23, 2009

VeryHappyPig always thought poor old council workmen got to much stick and could often be heard defending them. Not anymore, however after our latest shocking yet hilarious story.

Council workmen filled in only half of three huge potholes - as the other halves were not on council land.

When workmen finally arrived to tackle the potholes, locals in Bloxwich, West Midlands, were delighted, reports the Daily Mail.

But after the contractors left, residents were astonished to see that three of the potholes had been filled in only halfway across.

The reason was because the boundary between the council land and housing association land runs straight through the holes.

The council said it could not carry out repairs on privately owned land without permission because it could be held responsible in the wake of any subsequent 'incident'.

Local butcher Keith Clarke said: "I've never seen anything like it in my life. I don't know why they can't just get their heads together with the housing association and sort the thing out."

Walsall Council, which employed the contractors, said the repairs were a temporary measure.

Glyn Oliver, Walsall Council's traffic and transportation manager, said: "We have a duty of care to maintain the highway but this does not extend to private land.

"If we had repaired the pothole on Walsall Housing Group land we could have been liable should an incident subsequently have occurred."

However, it has since consulted with the housing association and said all of the potholes would be completely filled in when the repairs are made permanent.

 

 

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