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Concerns by residents over ‘death trap’ potholes in Harlesden

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 February 2014

A pothole in a Harlesden Road (pic credit: Leroy Simpson)

A pothole in a Harlesden Road (pic credit: Leroy Simpson)

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Harlesden residents have issued a plea to council chief’s to do more to plug “deathtrap” potholes that plague roads in the area.

According to motorcyclist Nick Jones, anyone using Harlesden Road is forced to take drastic measures to avoid “gaping” cracks and crevices.

Mr Jones said: “It is like riding on a road in a third world country. I am not joking when I say somebody is going to die because of these potholes. You can hardly see them when you’re riding at night or when it’s wet.”

Leroy Simpson, chairman of the Harlesden Town Team, said he had been inundated with residents’ complaints on the issue.

He said: “There are a lot of potholes in the area and some of them are really deep. We have not seen any action at all.”

Cllr Jim Moher, Brent Council’s lead member for highways and transportation, said: “We’re doing everything we can to mend potholes and resurface the borough’s roads.”

Michael Goss, another resident, said: “There is a problem in Harlesden but I guess this mainly due to the ongoing works to improve the area.

“I guess Brent Council feel it’s more economic to resurface the lot in one go.”

Cllr Jim Moher, Brent Council’s lead member for highways and transportation, said they are aware of the problem with surface of Harlesden Road, and it is on the draft resurfacing programme for next financial year

“In the meantime we will continue to monitor the road and repair potholes as and when necessary,” he added.

“I’d like to reassure Mr Jones we’re doing everything we can to mend potholes and resurface the borough’s roads.”

A contractor was issued to plug the holes in Harlesden Road after the Times contacted the council.


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