Lincoln Meade resident uses humour to deal with potholes

2014-01-17 00:00

A LINCOLN Meade resident has made an amusing sign to highlight the pothole problem in the area.

A big pothole, spread across Rogers Avenue 500 metres away from a memorial park graveyard, has prompted an unknown resident to place a sign next to it with the words, ‘Free Burying Site’.

The pothole is one of many in the area that plague the residents of Lincoln Meade and the city of Pietermaritzburg.

Jenni Gardiner, a resident, said, “The residents of Lincoln Meade are desperate to get our pothole issues sorted out. What other way to get our point across? We are not sure who the genius is behind this. The roads with potholes are Grimthorpe, Stamford, Rogers, Spilsby, Dunsby and Les de Jager roads. Pretty much the entire area is pothole-ridden.”

Another resident, Rita Smith, said that the pothole in Rogers Avenue has been there for years. “The pothole started off small, but with every storm it just got bigger and bigger. The potholes on Grimthorpe Avenue are a real danger. They are on both sides of the road. You literally have to stop dead in the road when a car comes towards you in the opposite direction, because there is no other way to avoid the potholes,” Smith told The Witness.

Another concern about the potholes on Grimthorpe is that when it rains, the holes fill up with water, making it impossible to tell how deep they are.

Smith said in the past people have tried to complain, but to no avail. Now the residents don’t bother as they know nothing will be done.

Nitesh Singh called the municipality in 2012 about the big pothole, but nothing has been done to date. “A friend of mine also phoned to complain about the potholes, but the municipality told him that the memorial park is responsible for the potholes because the buses that drive there may cause damage to the road,” said Singh.

Nqobile Madonda of the Msunduzi Municipality said that the sign at the Rogers Avenue pothole is distasteful and that no one should make a joke of it.

She also said that the municipality is aware of the extensive pothole problem on Grimthorpe Avenue and that they are planning on fixing it.

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