Harborough plumber fixes pothole for £11

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Plumber Shane Smith got fed-up juddering over an irritating pothole in Market Harborough.

The crater, a good six inches deep, was at the busy junction of Gores Lane and Kettering Road in town, and was clearly jolting hundreds of drivers – and hundreds of car suspensions – every single day.

So Shane, who runs a plumbing and odd-job business in Harborough, came up with a simple yet radical solution. He bought £11 worth of tarmac, parked his van close to the junction, and filled the hole in himself.

“I’m just a bog-standard council tax payer who got annoyed at a problem and did something about it,” explained Shane, who lives in Bellfields Street, Little Bowden, just around the corner from the offending pothole.

“I did it one afternoon when the traffic wasn’t too bad; it just took a few minutes, and a little jig in the road to flatten it out.

“I don’t suppose it’s up to council highways department standards, but it’s a lot better than the pothole.”

The 56-year-old added: “We pay about £1,500 in council tax but the roads around here really aren’t great, and I suppose I just got fed-up waiting for the council to fix it.

“The trouble with these things is the longer you leave it, the more expensive the repair gets.”

As for roads authority Leicestershire County Council, it wasn’t entirely sure what to make of Harborough’s one-man road repairer.

And it claims it was just about to do the job itself.

A spokesman for the county council said: “We’re aware of the problem with the pothole.

“Because of where it is and the volume of traffic, the safe way to make a permanent repair is to close the junction using temporary traffic lights, and we’ll be doing that in the next couple of weeks.

“Although we appreciate Mr Smith’s concerns, we’d always encourage people to report highways issues to our customer service centre on 0116 305 0001 as there are potential risks to them and other road users.”