At a meeting of some of my friends this morning, the inevitable topic of potholes in our area was brought up.
We are almost at the stage of a class action against the shire for damage to our vehicles and the trauma of having to travel on the wrong side of the road to avoid potholes. Even when these potholes are ‘fixed’ (and I use the term loosely), our vehicles are in danger of being splattered with the loose tar that is spread into the holes.
In times of heavy rain these potholes are not visible as they fill with water and we don’t know how deep the holes are.
We discussed that we would be at the stage of withdrawing a portion of our rates, but knowing Byron Shire Council, they would willingly fine us in the hope of obtaining more funds to add to their coffers (which are not evidently used in the north of the shire).
The roads in our area are an embarrassment to us as our friends from other areas visit us and cannot believe the state of our ‘third world’ roads.
I personally live at the bottom of Coomburra Crescent where the potholes are probably the worst in Ocean Shores. The cars that travel down this relatively main thoroughfare look like they are competing in a zigzag race as they try to avoid the potholes.
All we ask is for our roads to be brought up to a standard that our beautiful part of paradise deserves – for safety’s sake especially!
I urge residents to send their own email to Byron Shire Council in the hope that our voices can be heard – particularly as I am given to understand that we are the largest group of ratepayers to the shire.
Margaret Keating, Ocean Shores