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Walpole pothole saga causing anger




It’s a case of Walpole pothole woe according to a frustrated driver who has had to pay over £250 for his damaged car.

Bernard Allan, of Lynn, said there is a 60 yard section of around 100 potholes on Chalk Road near Walpole St Andrew.

Mr Allan, 82, whose son lives at Walpole, said the potholes caused his car exhaust to fall off this week.

This had cost him £273 to replace.

Bernard Allan potholes at the Chalk Road that has damaged his car
Bernard Allan potholes at the Chalk Road that has damaged his car

He claims the village is on the borderline of Cambridgeshire County Council and Norfolk County Council, with neither showing any signs of resolving the issue.

“The councils are saying ‘It’s not yours, it’s mine’,” Mr Allan said.

“These are vast and they have been there for years. I have had to repair my exhaust because of continual banging when going along that road. You can’t avoid them.”

Chalk Road runs from Walpole St Andrew to Walpole St Peter, and is managed by Norfolk County Council and the borough council.

A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire County Council confirmed it is not in their area as their boundary is to west of the River Nene.

Potholes at Chalk Road, which is managed by the borough council according to Norfolk County Council
Potholes at Chalk Road, which is managed by the borough council according to Norfolk County Council

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Norfolk County Council told the Lynn News: “Part of the road is managed by the borough council but the main bit is Norfolk County Council.

“It’s not a cross county sort of thing and it’s very easily delineated.”

He said the stretch of road concerning Mr Allan is the borough council’s due to the council houses on the road also being the borough council's responsibility.

Bernard Allan, 82, on Chalk Road
Bernard Allan, 82, on Chalk Road

“Nothing has been done even though wheels are being lost,” Mr Allan added.

“It’s idiocy among the two councils who are arguing among themselves.

Chalk Road pothole
Chalk Road pothole

“For 20 years, I was repairing street lights all across Norfolk so I know every nook and cranny, and this is the worst road in the county because of neglect.”

Mr Allan said his son has reported the potholes in the past.


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