Huge pothole on this road near Derby damages 'at least a dozen' cars in one evening

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Motorists have expressed their anger over a 10ft-long pothole that they claim has caused hundreds of pounds of damage to their vehicles.

They say that a minimum of 12 cars have been affected by the damaged bit of road in the space of just one evening.

The huge hole, situated on Derby Road between the turnings for Victoria Avenue and Lime Lane, near Stanley, is seven inches deep - measuring 10ft long and 28 inches across.

Since the incidents on Saturday, barricades have been erected around the side of the pothole to prevent drivers hitting it.

Picture: Ian Hodgkinson / Picture It A huge pothole measuring over 10ft has opened up on Derby Road in Stanley Village.

The 10-foot pothole in Derby Road.

Tom Gledhill is the owner of a hair salon on Green Lane, in Derby. He says the car he was travelling in hit the pothole and claims that it caused £700 worth of damage to the Citroen C3.

The 25-year-old from West Hallam said: “My other half was driving down the road at 5.50pm yesterday. It was raining and we were driving towards a bend so we started to slow down. We were driving just under 40mph.

“We then hit the huge pothole that’s there and made a large bang that was loud enough for the people who live at the farm to hear it and come out to see if we had crashed.

“I thought we had taken out just the one tyre but we stopped and found out that both on the near side had been damaged.

Picture: Ian Hodgkinson / Picture It A huge pothole measuring over 10ft has opened up on Derby Road in Stanley Village.

The hole measured 10 feet by 28 inches by 7 inches.

“It turns out we needed three new tyres, two new alloys, new suspension and the wheels to be realigned, which is going to cost us around £700 in total.

“We parked up and called the bank who sent out AA to pick us up and tow us away. When it happened to us, two cars were parked up further down the road.

“We went over to them and they told us that they’d had the same problem and had damaged their tyres.

“Before we were towed away, three more cars hit the pothole and pulled over. Then, when we were towed through Stanley Village, we saw a further six cars that had parked up and were suffering from the same problem.

Residents of Derbyshire have expressed their anger over a large pothole that they claim has caused hundreds of pounds of damage to their vehicles. They say that a minimum of 12 cars have been affected by the damaged bit of road in the space of just one evening. The huge hole, situated on Derby Road between the turnings for Victoria Avenue and Lime Lane, measures 10 feet long, 28 inches across and seven inches deep.

The damage done to one of Tom's wheels.

In total, Mr Gledhill says that he saw a dozen vehicles that had hit the pothole in “maybe just over an hour”.

He says: “There might have been even more after we left too. We were astounded by it really.

“I think the council should probably do something about the pothole, because we weren’t going too fast and it’s caused £700 worth of damage. We do pay taxes to maintain the highways."

Clive Riley, 63, also says that the pothole damaged his car’s wheels when he drove over it.

The Enterprise worker from West Hallam said: “Yesterday I was driving down the road to get home from work at around 10.15am when I went over the pothole. I couldn’t see how deep it was because it was full of water.

“I felt a big bump and I thought at the time that it was bad, so I stopped at my allotment in Stanley to check my tyres.

“The two on the near side had been damaged and I had to replace them with cheaper steel wheels. In total it has cost me around £100.”

Picture: Ian Hodgkinson / Picture It A huge pothole measuring over 10ft has opened up on Derby Road in Stanley Village.

The area has since been fenced off with orange barricades.

Mr Riley measured the pothole as being around 10 feet long, 28 inches wide and seven inches deep.

Robin Markwell, a 49-year-old studio manager for advertising and design agency The Message said: “I had dropped my daughter off at home and was coming down the road when I heard a massive bang. I checked my wheels and saw a couple of other cars who had pulled over nearby.

“It turns out I had damaged one of my front tyres which will cost me around £80 to replace. It [the tyre] was only six weeks old too.”

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Mary Sharpe, who lives near to the pothole, said that the damage to the road was caused by a nearby leaking water drain.

The 74-year-old said: “There’s a lot of water coming out of a leaking drain that’s running down and pooling inside the pothole now. We’ve had people here to look at it and talked to the council about it.

“The water from the pipe has also caused damage to my shed that’s right next to it which is now full of mould.

“I did see the size of the pothole and thought ‘God that’s deep!’”

A Severn Trent spokesman looked into the water leak, but confirmed that it was not responsible for the drain.

Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, told the Telegraph that he was unaware of the pothole, but will be investigating further.

Meanwhile, county councillor for Breadsall and West Hallam Carol Hart said: "Sometimes potholes appear and we do not know about them, so please, if you see one or are affected by one, get in touch with us and we will do our best to fix it."

You can report a pothole outside of Derby City Centre on Derbyshire County Council's website here.

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