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Pothole Man fights scourge blighting lives of drivers in Epping Forest
A new crack reporter has vowed to rid Epping Forest of a scourge blighting lives of drivers across the district.
After a long and difficult search, the Guardian has finally found a journalist capable of revealing the hole truth, and nothing but the truth.
Pothole Man, as he is now known, was chosen for his tenacity, determination and passion for smooth, safe road surfaces.
He will be scouring the district to hunt down craters of chaos and ensure their threat is nullified.
This week after a quick search four pesky potholes were found in Epping.
A worrying hole in High Road, opposite Ladderstile Farm, was found to be 10cm deep and 30cm wide.
Thankkfully the potentially dangerous damage had been marked to be filled.
Rest assured Pothole Man will keep his eye on developments.
Almost equally deep was a hole found on a roundabout at the junction of Cottis Lane and Bakers Lane.
And many motorists risk steep repair bills as they visit two bust car parks nearby.
There was no mark on the road to suggest the powers-that-be were aware of the problem.
Don’t worry, Pothole Man is on the case.
Hartlan Road is a busy shortcut off Station Road, but a 1m-long pothole in the road is difficult for approaching motorists to spot, while an equally awkward obstacle can be found in Stonnards Hill, close to the car park and playing fields.
Pothole Man will be seeking answers forthwith.
Laura Beech, 31, of Palmers Road Mile End is a motorcycle patrol officer and is well aware of the perils potholes pose.
She said: “For a cyclist they can be lethal.
“For a car it might just be a dented wheel. For me it could be a dented head.”
Elsie Burt, 65, lives in the Copped Hall Estate, off High Road, and is concerned neglected holes could spell disaster.
“It’s an accident waiting to happen,” she said.
“If a cyclist has to swerve to avoid a pothole, drivers then have to avoid them.”
The Essex County Council said it investigates all reported potholes of 5cm depth and 7.5cm width.
Essex County Council has repaired 17,000 serious defects since the beginning of April and paid out £13,000 in compensation for vehicle damage and injury caused by potholes since January.
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