We take our dogs to Alexandra Park a couple of times a week. It’s a twelve-minute walk from our house but all uphill, so the Hub can’t manage it. To get to the park we have to drive down Dale Street. A sewer collapsed and there has been a hole in the road, protected by a plastic barrier, since January (this is not a photo of the same hole; but it does prove to me that utility companies are the same the world over: uninterested). It’s an access road, gets quite busy, and traffic status is ‘horrendous’ because of the hole, instead of the normal ‘horrible.’
We are quite fed up with it, but not nearly as much as one of the Dale Street residents: when we were there last week, there was a home-made sign up over the hole:
For Sale: 7 Week Old Pothole. Contact United Utilities. Open To Offers.
Next thing we know, there’s a picture of resident, hole and sign in the Stockport Express, and an apology from United Utilities, who promised to have their contractors begin repairs within the week.
A free press is a wonderful thing, especially when coupled with a man with a sense of humour.