Row over Arksey’s pothole riddled road

Ings Lane Arksey Doncaster      Residents
Ings Lane Arksey Doncaster Residents

Fed-up residents who paid for a pothole strewn road to be resurfaced could see their work undone after council chiefs threatened to dig it up.

Residents have long complained about the state of a stretch of Ings Lane in Arksey, which was riddled with deep holes and muddy areas that caused damage to vehicles and made it difficult to walk along.

Householders claim they have repeatedly pleaded with Doncaster Council to resurface the road over the last 20 years to no avail.

They alleged officials told them it is not the authority’s responsibility to repair as it is unadopted land. The council denied the accusation this week and stressed they have always maintained the disputed highway.

Frustrated residents paid £6,000 for a 60 metre stretch of the road to be resurfaced in March, along with speed humps to reduce the number of speeding vehicles.

But now the council is threatening to rip up the road after stating publicly they do have authority over the highway and the ‘illegal’ speed bumps will have to go.

Council workers have already been out to dig up the highway, but were persuaded to stop by furious residents.

Residents have also reportedly been threatened with arrest, but the council denied this.

Mum-of-two Max Smith, 44, a business development manager, said: “We finally get a nice road surface and then the council threaten to tear it up. It’s a ridiculous situation.

“Residents have asked continually for them to take action and nothing has happened so we had to so something, the road was in a shocking state.”

She explained how the new road had transformed their lives in the summer, which enabled children to ride bikes safely and motorists to drive without fear of damaging their vehicles.

A Doncaster Council spokesman insisted the speed bumps must be removed because they were put in without permission and are ‘not fully visible in the dark, illegal and potentially dangerous.’

He accepted that a council workman may have mistakenly told residents years ago that the road was unadopted land.

But he added the road has always been council-owned and workmen have been out on numerous occasions in the last several years to fill potholes.

However, the council is looking at reducing the speed limit to 20mph.

Peter Dale, Doncaster Council’s director of regeneration and environment, said: ‘This section of Ings Lane has no history of accidents in the past 10 years and is used by just a small number of residents and agricultural vehicles.

“There are 1,000 miles of roads across Doncaster and we have to prioritise major routes and accident hotspots. Ings Lane has been maintained in a safe and serviceable condition in keeping with the nature of the road.”