Smooth operators win Inkersall pothole campaign

Summerskill Green Shopping Centre had terrible problems with potholes and campaigners have won their battle to get a local authority to help and Chesterfield Borough Council has stepped in to repair the potty carpark. Pictured l-r is Paul Mann, Ruth Perry and Mick Bagshaw.

Summerskill Green Shopping Centre had terrible problems with potholes and campaigners have won their battle to get a local authority to help and Chesterfield Borough Council has stepped in to repair the potty carpark. Pictured l-r is Paul Mann, Ruth Perry and Mick Bagshaw.

0
Have your say

A community group is celebrating after winning a successful campaign to smooth over a hazardous shopping car park that was pitted with potholes.

The Summerskill Green shopping precinct at Inkersall, Staveley, was plagued by five-inch wide, very deep potholes.

But the Staveley Independents community group highlighted the problem with various authorities until Chesterfield Borough Council came to the rescue and filled in the poholes.

Group spokesman Mick Bagshaw said: “We would like to thank the Crown Estates, Treasury Solicitors Department and those who signed our petition. Thanks also go to Chesterfield Borough Council.”

Mr Bagshaw had been concerned the pot holes posed dangers for shoppers and were deterring custom for the shops.

The group, including Mr Bagshaw, Paul Mann and Ruth Perry, lobbied Derbyshire County Council for action but the authority explained the land was privately owned and it could not do anything.

The Crown Treasury said a former company linked to the land had been dissolved and the land is now regarded as common land and dealt with by the Crown Estate. However, the Crown Estate stated it is not responsible for maintenance.

But Chesterfield Borough Council agreed to resurface the car park for public safety reasons. Borough Councillor Chris Ludlow said: “Repairing potholes is not usually the responsibility of Chesterfield Borough Council. We carried out tests and found the potholes were so bad, they could cause injury to our residents. Given this we completed resurfacing work in the interests of the safety of our residents.”