'Haringey Council insulting residents over dangerous potholes', says MP
PUBLISHED: 16:54 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 19:24 18 March 2013
A Haringey MP has accused Haringey Council of "insulting" residents over the state of the borough's roads.
Lynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey & Wood Green, criticised the council after being contacted by a resident who alerted her to a dangerous pothole in Lightfoot Road, Hornsey – the same road in which a man previously tripped on a pothole and suffered brain damage.
Last week, the council was ordered to pay an estimated £1million in compensation to Kyle Bullock, who tripped on a three inch-deep, 15 inch-wide pothole on the same road in 2007.
He spent four months in hospital and suffered a severe brain injury.
After the court judgement, the council issued a statement saying it had “introduced a comprehensive maintenance programme to prevent such accidents happening again”.
But this week, a picture on Twitter showed a large pothole on the same road.
Ms Featherstone said: “This is an absolute disgrace. A man was seriously injured and Haringey Council was forced to pay out £1million in compensation, yet they still leave gaping potholes unaddressed on the same road.
“It is insulting to tell residents that their maintenance programme will prevent accidents happening again, whilst the danger still remains.
“Haringey residents pay one of the highest council tax rates in London. The least we deserve in return is safe roads and pavements.
“In Haringey, we are unfortunately used to being let down by the Labour-run council. Local residents deserve better.”
A Haringey Council spokesperson said the pothole has since been filled in.