Cracking problem for pothole victim

Mark Banforth, who runs Warton Street Post Office in Lytham, claims that traffic crashing into potholes on Warton Street is damaging his and other residents' property. Mark with a petition gathered from residents, with a crack in the ceiling above him
Mark Banforth, who runs Warton Street Post Office in Lytham, claims that traffic crashing into potholes on Warton Street is damaging his and other residents' property. Mark with a petition gathered from residents, with a crack in the ceiling above him

A SHOP owner has been left furious after buses driving down his road caused vibrations so strong they cracked his ceiling.

Mark Bamforth, who runs the Post Office on Warton Street, Lytham, and lives next door, has cracks stretching across his lounge and bedroom ceilings, which he claims have been caused by the state of the road.

And local residents are so incensed 120 of them have so far signed a petition in the Post Office protesting about the condition of Lytham’s roads.

“I’ve got a huge crack going across my lounge ceiling which has been there for about eight years, but I’ve now got six cracks on my bedroom ceiling all since the potholes have been formed,” Mr Bamforth said.

“I had a friend staying and they asked what the shaking was and it was only a bus or a lorry – it nearly throws you out of bed.

“When it’s a heavy vehicle going along the road everything shakes.”

Local Fylde councillors Ken Hopwood and Kath Harper have been inundated with complaints about Lytham’s roads, and Mr Bamforth said although Lancashire County Council had carried out repairs this week, potholes remained.

He said: “We’ve got to a petition in the post office to have the road re-surfaced. They’ve been maybe five times to fill potholes outside the shop and long-term they are not saving money because they are having to keep coming and doing it.

“The cracks are going to have to be filled but it’s pointless doing anything until they sort the roads because it’s going to keep on happening. A lot of the neighbours aren’t happy, it’s not doing any of our properties any good with them being so old.”

Fellow resident Michael Croft added: “There are great big holes and it really does shake the house, there’s no doubt about that.”

Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for highways Tim Ashton, also a Lytham councillor, has asked residents to be patient as they await repairs.

He said: “I reported the potholes on Warton Street and Clifton Street in Lytham and they will be dealt with very shortly.”

Coun Ashton added the county council had fixed 50 per cent more potholes in 2010 than in 2009, and had cash to carry out similar repairs this year.