Hole-Hearted Approval

15 Mar
Pothole, corner of Short & Neron Streets, Carr...

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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.

16 Responses to “Hole-Hearted Approval”

  1. halfp1nt March 15, 2011 at 18:55 #

    Bwahahaha, what a brilliant thing to have done!

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  2. slpmartin March 15, 2011 at 18:59 #

    So good that someone took the time to call attention to the problem.

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    • Tilly Bud March 15, 2011 at 20:31 #

      And rare – we British are notoriously tolerant at times.

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      • Tilly Bud March 15, 2011 at 20:35 #

        Just remembered the story of the British on a train. A couple and a man are the only people in the carriage. The couple decide to have sex in their seat. The man doesn’t say a word. The couple finish, and light up cigarettes. The man turns to them indignantly, pointing at the ‘No Smoking’ sign and says, ‘Do you mind!’

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      • flo March 15, 2011 at 20:58 #

        Didn’t know you and Hub smoked!

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  3. nrhatch March 15, 2011 at 19:55 #

    That’s great. Having a sense of humor in today’s world is such an asset!

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  4. kateshrewsday March 15, 2011 at 20:17 #

    Way to get things done! Brilliant!

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  5. Tilly Bud March 15, 2011 at 21:02 #

    Flo: :D.

    Coincidentally, I am fuming right now. Watch for my next post in a few minutes.

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  6. musings March 15, 2011 at 21:48 #

    Sigh… We’ve got a whole bunch of those holes here in Hawaii too.

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  7. sunshineinlondon March 15, 2011 at 22:01 #

    That’s so brilliant – very clever and it worked! haha!
    Sunshine xx

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  8. barb19 March 16, 2011 at 01:10 #

    Love that man’s sense of humour – and it paid off! Nice one!

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  9. Cindy March 16, 2011 at 07:21 #

    Well done to whomever did that.
    Potholes are rife in South Africa 😦

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  10. vivinfrance March 16, 2011 at 08:23 #

    and here. The Mayor has announced that all of the local road network and pavements are to be repaired this summer but he’s been promising `soon` for the last two years. I’ll believe it when I see it.

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