Pothole crater 'could have been a killer'

Will Patchell with his RangeRover at the now-repaired pothole site

Will Patchell with his RangeRover at the now-repaired pothole site

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A huge pothole in Shipley which wrecked the tyre and wheel of a Range Rover could have caused the death of cyclist, the car’s angry owner has said.

Road-surfacing expert Will Patchell was driving along Avondale Road, Shipley, when his £70,000 Range Rover hit a ten-inch deep hole which burst his off-side front tyre “like a child’s balloon.”

And later inspection showed the impact had taken a chunk from the damaged £1,000 alloy wheel.

Mr Patchell, 45, who owns AWP Surfacing in Shipley, said: “It was about 6pm, dark and hammering it down when suddenly there was a terrific bang under my wheel.

“The steering went, so I knew something was badly wrong. The tyre had been burst by hitting a huge hole.

“And when I took it for repair It turns out the wheel rim has been damaged too.”

Mr Patchell said he was tempted to send a team of men himself to mend the hole and prevent a more serious accident.

“If it did that to a Range Rover, imagine if a motorbike or cyclist rode into it?

“They would have been thrown off and possibly killed.”

He believes Bradford Council’s road repair teams are now overstretched due to cutbacks and are therefore not doing any preventative work on the roads.

“It’s not their fault, it’s just that now it’s all reactive, not pro-active. They can only tackle problems after there’s been complaints from the public.”

Mr Patchell has now filled in the Council’s on-line pothole complaint form and hopes it will meet his repair costs.

Retired teacher Rob Cistko lives in Grosvenor Road, opposite Avondale Roads.

He said: “When I saw that hole I thought – ‘oh my God, that’s a deep one’.

“They came and filled it in this weekend, but very crudely in my opinion.”

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10:41am Tue 11 Feb 14

yezboss says...

'Crudely', a word very common to Bradford Council Highways. £47 infil, just throw a lump of tarmac in it, I bet there's no sealing, no longivity either.
'Crudely', a word very common to Bradford Council Highways. £47 infil, just throw a lump of tarmac in it, I bet there's no sealing, no longivity either. yezboss
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11:03am Tue 11 Feb 14

Albion. says...

I thought Range Rovers were meant to cope with anything.
I thought Range Rovers were meant to cope with anything. Albion.
  • Score: 4

12:14pm Tue 11 Feb 14

kevstep says...

he owns AWP road surfacing company! and he ripped his tyre off on a pothole, seems to me like someone would like a contract repairing roads .......and he should of know better than to go driving into potholes
he owns AWP road surfacing company! and he ripped his tyre off on a pothole, seems to me like someone would like a contract repairing roads .......and he should of know better than to go driving into potholes kevstep
  • Score: 3

1:03pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Bone_idle18 says...

I've never hit a pothole! I suspect it's because I use my eyes and am observant!

I feel I'm missing out.
I've never hit a pothole! I suspect it's because I use my eyes and am observant! I feel I'm missing out. Bone_idle18
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1:22pm Tue 11 Feb 14

alive and awake says...

Is this a much used road? Surely someone would have encountered it before, I wonder what speed he was doing? However good luck with Council contract, try to keep prices down and look after our money.
Is this a much used road? Surely someone would have encountered it before, I wonder what speed he was doing? However good luck with Council contract, try to keep prices down and look after our money. alive and awake
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1:25pm Tue 11 Feb 14

The Hoffster says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
I've never hit a pothole! I suspect it's because I use my eyes and am observant!

I feel I'm missing out.
When it's dark, you can hardly see 'em.

And about the crude job of sorting it out; I suspect it's a deliberate ploy by the cowboys so they can be called out again and again.

Easy money...
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: I've never hit a pothole! I suspect it's because I use my eyes and am observant! I feel I'm missing out.[/p][/quote]When it's dark, you can hardly see 'em. And about the crude job of sorting it out; I suspect it's a deliberate ploy by the cowboys so they can be called out again and again. Easy money... The Hoffster
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5:16pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Bone_idle18 says...

The Hoffster wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
I've never hit a pothole! I suspect it's because I use my eyes and am observant!

I feel I'm missing out.
When it's dark, you can hardly see 'em.

And about the crude job of sorting it out; I suspect it's a deliberate ploy by the cowboys so they can be called out again and again.

Easy money...
Not hit one in the dark either :)

suspect driving at a sensible speed and being observant is the key.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: I've never hit a pothole! I suspect it's because I use my eyes and am observant! I feel I'm missing out.[/p][/quote]When it's dark, you can hardly see 'em. And about the crude job of sorting it out; I suspect it's a deliberate ploy by the cowboys so they can be called out again and again. Easy money...[/p][/quote]Not hit one in the dark either :) suspect driving at a sensible speed and being observant is the key. Bone_idle18
  • Score: -2

5:43pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Nabwood says...

alive and awake wrote:
Is this a much used road? Surely someone would have encountered it before, I wonder what speed he was doing? However good luck with Council contract, try to keep prices down and look after our money.
Yes, it is a very popular road, and it's suspicious that such a hugely deep hole (10 inches!) was found by someone who owns a resurfacing company. You'd have thought a 10" deep hole in the middle of the road (as pictured) would have dozens of cars being stuck in it.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: Is this a much used road? Surely someone would have encountered it before, I wonder what speed he was doing? However good luck with Council contract, try to keep prices down and look after our money.[/p][/quote]Yes, it is a very popular road, and it's suspicious that such a hugely deep hole (10 inches!) was found by someone who owns a resurfacing company. You'd have thought a 10" deep hole in the middle of the road (as pictured) would have dozens of cars being stuck in it. Nabwood
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1:37am Wed 12 Feb 14

Raj2121 says...

Mr will patchell was lucky it only damaged the alloy wheel and the tyre and did not deploy the airbags, it happened to me as i went through a pot hole and bang came out the airbag and the car went off and would not start again because the car thought theres been a accident, it cost me over £3000 to have it repaird from bradford audi.. NOT FAIR
Mr will patchell was lucky it only damaged the alloy wheel and the tyre and did not deploy the airbags, it happened to me as i went through a pot hole and bang came out the airbag and the car went off and would not start again because the car thought theres been a accident, it cost me over £3000 to have it repaird from bradford audi.. NOT FAIR Raj2121
  • Score: 1

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