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Pothole party: Fed-up neighbours hold an event complete with specialist cakes and decorations to highlight their crater-ridden roads


Fed-up neighbours held a Valentine’s party in honour of their local potholes to highlight the neglect of their roads – with cakes depicting scenes of the craters swallowing cars whole and plastic rubber ducks having a swim.

The locals of Gedling in Nottinghamshire held the satirical party on Saturday to show their passion for potholes – or at least for wanting to see the back of them.

The event began at the Gedling Inn pub but the revellers stepped the celebrations up a notch with a crawl, ‘taking the party to the pothole’.

Attendees were pictured holding placards reading ‘passionate about potholes’ and ‘Gedling: World-beating potholes’.

Baked goods at the party included a chocolate cake with mini traffic cones and rubber ducks around a massive ‘pothole’ where toy figurines are ‘drowning’.

The group said that Cllr Michael Payne, deputy leader of Gedling Borough Council and Nottinghamshire county councillor, dropped by the gathering and shared the partygoers’ frustration.

Residents of another Nottinghamshire district, Ashfield, also sent a Valentine’s Day cars with a pothole poem to the county council to highlight the problem.

The revellers later took the party to the local potholes where drivers hooted in support

The revellers later took the party to the local potholes where drivers hooted in support

One grey cake meant to look like a concrete road with a huge flooded crater in the centre also showed a mii rubber duck taking a paddle

One grey cake meant to look like a concrete road with a huge flooded crater in the centre also showed a mii rubber duck taking a paddle

Baked goods at the party included a chocolate cake with mini traffic cones and rubber ducks around a massive 'pothole' where toy figurines are 'drowning'

Baked goods at the party included a chocolate cake with mini traffic cones and rubber ducks around a massive ‘pothole’ where toy figurines are ‘drowning’

The locals of Gedling in Nottinghamshire held the satirical party on Saturday

The locals of Gedling in Nottinghamshire held the satirical party on Saturday

One grey cake meant to look like a concrete road with a huge flooded crater in the centre also showed a mini rubber duck taking a paddle. 

Another cake, shaped as a rectangle to appear as a cracked road, had the top layer in one of its corners removed to show a tiny skeleton exposed under the ‘road’. 

Other baked goods depict toy cars disappearing into the icing. 

Pothole-themed calendars and car stickers were on sale, with the donations going to charity. 

Valentine’s Day cards reading ‘my love for you is as deep as a Gedling pothole’ and ‘Be my Valentine Pothole: Fill me with desire (or preferably asphalt)’ were also pictured at the event. 

Placards titled: ‘February pothole of the month’ decorated the pub’s tables, reading ‘it really is a little beauty’.

There was also a sarcastic mock ‘letter’ printed out, reading as if it was written by the local council.

The event began at the Gedling Inn pub but the revellers stepped the celebrations up a notch, 'taking the party to the pothole'

The event began at the Gedling Inn pub but the revellers stepped the celebrations up a notch, ‘taking the party to the pothole’

Pothole-themed calendars and car stickers were on sale, with the donations going to charity

Pothole-themed calendars and car stickers were on sale, with the donations going to charity

Attendees were pictured holding placards reading 'Gedling: World-beating potholes'.

Attendees were pictured holding placards reading ‘Gedling: World-beating potholes’.

The Facebook event page reads: ‘For anyone who wishes to attend and spread the love of erm… potholes…

‘A few of us plan to meet on Saturday 17th February at the Gedling Inn for a drink to then go to one (or more) of the potholes to have fun and maybe a slice of cake with our mini crater.

‘If you would like to pop along and raise further awareness (whilst of course sharing the love) we plan to meet at Gedling Inn at 2pm before taking the party to the pothole.

‘Please bring anything you can that will make it go with a swing. 

‘Bring pothole cake, pothole jelly (also useful for filling potholes), Valentines cards expressing your love for potholes, pictures of your favourite potholes, banners, placards, flowers, pothole decorations: anything else you can think of that will be fun.

‘Bonus points and a round of applause for anyone who manages to dress up as a pothole.’

Attendee Chris Cann told the Gedling Eye that residents are ‘at the end of their tether’ so held the party ironically.

She added that it seemed ‘the whole borough is angry’. 

Speaking to NottinghamshireLive, she said: ‘We thought that people in the group wanted to do something, so we had a poll of various ideas that we’d come up with and the party was the most popular.

Valentine's Day cards reading 'my love for you is as deep as a Gedling pothole' and 'Be my Valentine Pothole: Fill me with desire (or preferably asphalt)' were also pictured at the event

Valentine’s Day cards reading ‘my love for you is as deep as a Gedling pothole’ and ‘Be my Valentine Pothole: Fill me with desire (or preferably asphalt)’ were also pictured at the event

The group also sold calendars dedicated to the local potholes

The group also sold calendars dedicated to the local potholes

‘Valentine’s Day is coming up and that’s how the Love Your Potholes Party came about. We took the love out to some nearby potholes.’

Also on sale were calendars made by 76-year-old local Brian Bailey, who at first made them as a ‘joke’ before the enterprise kicked off.

Comments on the Gedling Borough Potholes group read: ‘Are you planning to use any leftover cake to fill a pothole or two?’

Another posted: ‘When we took our love out from the pub to the potholes, we received so many supportive beeps from passing traffic, it’s almost as if lots of people are upset about potholes.’

Gedling Councillor John Clarke recently sent a letter to Nottinghamshire County Council about the ‘endless complaints’ he receives about potholes.

Gedling Councillor John Clarke recently sent a letter to Nottinghamshire County Council about the 'endless complaints' he receives about potholes

Gedling Councillor John Clarke recently sent a letter to Nottinghamshire County Council about the ‘endless complaints’ he receives about potholes

The letter read: ‘As Leader of Gedling Borough Council, I receive endless complaints about the horrific state of the roads, a large number of which have not been maintained for many years now, and the potholes are getting out of control, causing untold vehicle repair costs and misery to Gedling Borough residents.’

The Valentine’s Day theme wasn’t restricted to Gedling, with the locals of Ashfield in Nottinghamshire also using the holiday to send a message about their roads.

Residents all signed a Valentine’s Day letter to the county council highlighting the ‘massive issue’.

The card, titled Happy Valentine’s Day Love our Roads (and pavements), has a pictured of a ‘pot-hole heart’ on it and includes the ‘first pot-hole based, Valentine’s Day poem’, the campaigners said. 

The pothole poem reads: ‘In Nottinghamshire, where romance may swerve, love’s journey encounters a pothole curve.

‘Through Sherwood Forest, in a comical race, Valentine’s joy, dodging potholes with grace!’ 

A local man said the potholes in his area are ‘unbelievable’ and said ‘we want councillors to love their roads’.

He is part of a campaign called ‘Love Our Roads’ launched by the Independent Alliance opposition group at Nottinghamshire County Council.

Pictured is the 'Love Our Roads' group holding printouts of Valentine's Day pothole cards

Pictured is the ‘Love Our Roads’ group holding printouts of Valentine’s Day pothole cards

A Valentine's Day letter was sent to the county council highlighting the 'massive issue'

A Valentine’s Day letter was sent to the county council highlighting the ‘massive issue’

Right: Councillor Jason Zadrozny, Leader of the Independent Alliance opposition group

Right: Councillor Jason Zadrozny, Leader of the Independent Alliance opposition group

The group claims they have been left with ‘broken promises instead of fixing our broken roads’.

A petition for more funding to fix potholes reads: ‘Our lives are being put in danger by these hazardous conditions, and we’ve had enough.’

The group want the money made from selling land purchased by the County Council in 2019 for the now-defunct stretch of HS2 to be repurposed for potholes.

Councillor Jason Zadrozny, Leader of the Independent Alliance opposition group said, ‘Across Nottinghamshire there are insurgent groups campaigning to end the scandal of Nottinghamshire’s broken roads and pavements. We might campaign with humour but there is a very serious issue at heart. Nottinghamshire is the capital of broken roads and pavements and are fighting for Notts County Council to get the basics right.’ 

Ben Thornbury, 19, decided to 'go fishing' in an attempt to get Wiltshire City Council to repair the potholes in Malmesbury

Ben Thornbury, 19, decided to ‘go fishing’ in an attempt to get Wiltshire City Council to repair the potholes in Malmesbury

Last year, Ben altered a roadworks ahead sign as part of his publicity stunt to raise awareness of the potholes

Last year, Ben altered a roadworks ahead sign as part of his publicity stunt to raise awareness of the potholes

Councillor Helen-Smith, who represents Skegby, Sutton, Stanton Hill and Teversal at County Hall said, ‘Everyone knows that the Independent Alliance opposition group are romantics at heart. 

‘We hope that all County Councillors enjoyed our special Valentine’s Day e-card. If councillors love our roads (and pavements) – they should look favourably on our amendment next week. 

‘This will deliver the biggest amount of funding ever for 2 successive years. What a Valentine’s Day treat it will be for residents to know that our broken roads and pavements will finally receive the investment they deserve.’

The card reads: ‘Dear County Councillor Colleague,

‘We are writing to wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day.

‘It’s on days like this – we reflect on people and things that matter to us most. As you know, Independent Alliance councillors campaign all year around speaking to residents to help them with their problems.

‘We help dozens of residents a week with casework issues – but almost unanimously residents tell us that their number one concern is the diabolical state of our broken roads and pavements. The Independent Alliance do not run the County Council yet but we have promised residents that as a team – we would do everything possible to deliver more investment in our highways.

‘You’ll note that our Valentines’ E-Card has an attractive pot-hole heart on it and to our knowledge the first pot-hole based, Valentine’s Day poem. We are asking you to listen to resident’s number one priority.

‘We want you to LOVE OUR ROADS (and pavements)

‘PS – We’d like to thank Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for endorsing the idea for this amendment. He has been very clear that he wants to see money raised by disposing of land earmarked for HS2 – filling pot-holes.’

A highways manager from Nottinghamshire County Council said: ‘Recent severe weather episodes have taken a significant toll on Nottinghamshire’s roads.

‘Severe flooding causes substantial damage to our highways, which then deteriorate further when heavy rainfall is combined with sub-zero temperatures to create a ‘freeze/thaw’ effect. The freezing conditions in turn require us to grit our major road network for safety reasons, but repeated gritting can also weaken the asphalt on our highways.

Pictured: Nottinghamshire County Council headquarters, County Hall in West Bridgford, Nottingham

Pictured: Nottinghamshire County Council headquarters, County Hall in West Bridgford, Nottingham

‘It is therefore inevitable that we are experiencing a rise in reports of damage to our roads and pavements at this time. We are battling as hard as we can against the effects of these weather events. 

‘Residents may see an increase in emergency repairs as we work to keep our highways safe throughout the winter. We will still however be undertaking permanent repairs wherever we can, which residents can see at https://www.nottshighways.co.uk/, and we will continue with large-scale patch repairs as part of our four-year Highways Improvement Plan.

‘We recognise this is a really important issue, and we have secured a major new transport fund, with £1.5bn which will be controlled by the new Regional Mayor and Combined Authority. We consider this to be a big opportunity to invest in improving our roads.

‘Where residents notice potholes, we ask that they continue to report them to us either through our website or the MyNOTTS App, after which an Inspector will attend the site as soon as possible within 10 working days to assess it for repairs – please include photos if you can to help us prioritise. There is also more information on how we manage highways for extreme weather on our website.’



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