‘They’re getting worse and worse’ The Cardiff street where a car hits a pothole every second

Residents living on a street in Ely have accused the council of dragging their feet over repairs to a number of potholes on their road.

Barnwood Crescent, which is in Ely, has 15 potholes along it which is causing damage to cars and potential hazards to children playing in the area.

Barnwood Crescent is a relatively short road at 166 metres long. There are 15 potholes which means that’s one every 11 metres.

A car driving down the road at 20mph would hit a pothole every 1.2 seconds.

Owain Yates, who lives on the street, said although council workers have been out to fill the potholes, the standard of repairs “leave a lot to be desired.”

“They’ve [the potholes] been getting worse and worse. They [the council] come and try and repair some, leave others instead of trying to just do them all, but they’ve only been here this morning doing some again.

“But the standard of the repairs leave a lot to be desired because it will be long before all that filling will be out again and we’re back to square one.”

“I was parked up by that pot hole last week and was fascinated at the amount of cars driving over it, such expensive damage to tyres and suspension,  right there.”

He added: “I am conscious of avoiding them”. 

A local mechanic also reacted to the potholes in Barnwood Crescent, and was shocked at the damage caused.

Another resident said she felt “no one except the people who live on the road care” about condition of the road.

Potholes are an expensive problem to fix for both the council and motorists.

Damage caused to cars by potholes cost £474 million last year alone, according to new figures by insurance comapny The AA.

Mr Yates said: “The problem is getting worse and worse. They come down almost every week to fix another one, but they are never done properly. The state of the road is appalling. The council need to do something.”

A record number of reports about damage to cars due to potholes were made last year, with 631,852 incidents reported to The AA.

This is an increase of 16% from the year before.

The council have said they are “Using the resources available to best effect by carrying out a variety of road works across the highway network including reconstruction, re-surfacing, surface patching and treatments as well as temporary repairs to potholes. 

“Potholes are repaired temporarily until a long-term solution can be provided – which requires more extensive patching or resurfacing of the road.