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'Cyclists risked lives over pothole'
AN aggrieved driver said the county council waited too long to fill in a pothole which he said posed a threat to cyclists.
Keith Johnson's wife's car sustained a flat tyre last year after driving across a deep pothole in Bullocks Farm Lane in Wheeler End.
The 60-year-old said he wrote to Buckinghamshire County Council at the time, which was last October, who replied and said there are two yearly inspections in the road.
They said an inspection carried out three months earlier revealed no defect in the highway.
The director of Design a Chair said he felt quite aggrieved as it was a brand new tyre and they had to fork out £120 for a new one.
He then said he was surprised to discover, that without any further deterioration in the pothole, the council then came and fixed it on September 25 after this year's inspection.
Mr Johnson said: "They did nothing about repairing the pothole. The road itself is a designated Chilterns Cycleway."
"It has taken them over a year to fill it in. Over that time many a cyclist has risked their life."
Dan Green from Transport for Buckinghamshire said: "Transport for Buckinghamshire introduced two Velocity Patchers into service earlier this year. These are being used to target areas of road where minor defects have occurred which are not a safety risk, such as the area on Bullocks Farm Way."