A councillor has fulfilled an election pledge – by bringing the army to a Bordon housing estate to fix its crumbling roads.
Residents around St Lucia Park may feel that Adeel Shah is streets ahead when it comes to fixing potholes.
Road surfaces on the estate have become badly neglected in the last few years with huge potholes being left unattended.
So Cllr Shah pulled a few strings and asked the Ministry of Defence for help after learning that Hampshire Highways, which is usually responsible for road maintenance in the town, was not to blame for the neglect.
“During the election campaign in May for the Pinewood ward I was asked if I could fix the huge potholes on St Lucia Park,” said the councillor.
“They’ve been there for a long time and that’s caused huge frustration as the feeling was that nobody cared or wanted to take responsibility.
“I spent weeks speaking with the Ministry of Defence, Hampshire County Council and all the other organisations as the road is not under Hampshire Highways.
“So the Ministry of Defence contractors filled the major deep potholes with bitumen last Thursday and next month they will fully fix the road and street lights.”
While the full repairs might mean another road closure, the councillor believes the result is a win-win for residents.
Cllr Shah pledged to Woodland View residents that he would repair the estate’s potholes so Whitehill & Bordon Community Party leader Andy Tree is delighted he’s followed it up with a result.
He said: “This is a great example of Adeel making a pledge and following through quickly on a road that had been neglected for a long time.”
Anyone who would like to report a pothole to Hampshire Highways can do so through the county council website at https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems/potholes