Bathampton family kept awake at night told: Sorry pothole is not serious enough to repair
Highways chiefs have told a family kept awake by noise from a pothole outside their home that it is not serious enough to repair.
Home owner John Davies has been trying for nearly a year to get something done about the shallow trench across Warminster Road at Bathampton.
It took several months for Bath and North East Somerset Council to tell him that the busy A36 is actually the responsibility of the Highways Agency.
And now the Government body has informed him that it has no current plans to repair it.
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Mr Davies, who lives with his partner Kate Treanor and newborn baby Elin, says vehicles, particularly lorries, drop down between the two levels of the road, putting pressure on his house and making a noise clearly audible inside.
Cracks have developed at the front of the house which the young couple have only just finished doing up, while ornaments shake when lorries drive over the dip.
The 33-year-old said his family were "continually woken" by the noise.
He said the effect of the dip was intensified by the lack of enforcement of the 30mph speed limit at the spot.
He added: "Vehicles, particularly HGVs, are speeding over the uneven surface, leading to a very loud bang.
"This bang is clearly audible and the subsequent ground shake is doing visible damage to my ceilings and exterior stonework.
"We are talking about a patch of Tarmac no greater than about two metre squared – hardly the Bridge over the River Kwai."
Mr Davies, who is now considering legal action in a bid to get the matter resolved, has been backed by his local councillor Geoff Ward (Con, Bathavon North), who said the case was "beyond belief".
B&NES admitted the status of the road should have been reported to Mr Davies at an earlier stage.
It thanked him for his patience.
The Highways Agency said it had "a comprehensive road inspection and maintenance programme to reduce the potential for potholes and other surface defects."
A spokeswoman added: "Inspections of the A36 Warminster Road, carried out after we received reports of a surface defect near Mr Davies' property, concluded that safety had not been compromised at this location, and at this time we have no evidence to suggest vibrations have caused damage to nearby properties.
"We will, however, continue to monitor the situation and if the condition of the road reaches a point where safety is being compromised, we will carry out the necessary work to rectify the problem."