Moped victim in potholes outcry

Deborah Ham and son Wesley Grant (16) on Kingscote Drive, Layton, where Wesley came off his moped.

Deborah Ham and son Wesley Grant (16) on Kingscote Drive, Layton, where Wesley came off his moped.

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A TEENAGER says he has struggled to sleep after becoming the latest victim of a street notorious for potholes.

Wesley Grant, 16, says he has been left “shaken up” after he came off his moped on Kingscote Drive, Layton.

The Blackpool and The Fylde College student, from Hamlet Road, in Fleetwood, is now set to take legal action against Blackpool Council after serious damage was sustained to both his scooter, which he had only owned for a week, and his mobile phone.

Mr Grant said: “I was out with my mate riding about.

“I let go of the accelerator and put my brakes on, and the next thing I know I was on the floor.

“I was shaken up and I’ve not been able to sleep all night or anything.

“Now when I start my moped it cuts out, it’s just messed up.”

The state of Kingscote Drive was raised by The Gazette in October after a car crashed into a telegraph pole.

Blackpool Council then stated the road was due to be resurfaced in early 2013.

Mr Grant’s mother Deborah Ham, 41, said: “I’ve been down to take pictures myself and there and there’s about 10 potholes.

“It looks like they’ve dug it up to start redoing it but not bothered to finish it. It’s disgusting and it’s absolutely shocking. He was in bits and I’m just glad he’s in one piece.

“Obviously there’s the traumatic side to it too.

“As soon as he shuts his eyes he’s jumping and picturing what happened again.

“Are they going to wait until somebody dies before they do something?”

Kingscote Drive resident Stan Thomson, 72, has been campaigning to get the road resurfaced for seven years and witnessed the crash.

He said: “I don’t know how many phone calls I’ve made to the council about it, somebody’s going to get killed soon.

“If he’d have been a couple of feet further he’d have crashed into my car.”

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for streets and transport, said: “If Ms Ham is bringing legal action it would not be appropriate to comment on this incident.

“However, as a council we can assure local residents that we take all highways issues very seriously and will be investigating.”