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Residents on right road after campaign

victory ... Rothbury Avenue residents, from left, Norman Whitehead, Wyn Johnston, David Robinson and John Gatens give the new road surface the thumbs-up. Below, the road as it was.

victory ... Rothbury Avenue residents, from left, Norman Whitehead, Wyn Johnston, David Robinson and John Gatens give the new road surface the thumbs-up. Below, the road as it was.

BATTLING residents are celebrating after a Gazette-backed campaign put them on the road to success.

Pockmarked Rothbury Avenue, in Monkton Village, Jarrow, made national headlines after our story highlighting its unwanted tag as one of the worst pothole blackspots in the UK.

There were up to 80 potholes in the street, sparking a people’s protest lasting years.

One fed-up resident even offered to pay South Tyneside Council £5,000 to have the street repaired.

But now people in Rothbury Avenue are celebrating after contractors banished each and every pothole by resurfacing the road.

Pensioner Joe Woods, who has lived in Rothbury Avenue since 1974 and made the £5,000 offer to the council, said: “The contractors came and did a smashing job, resurfacing the whole street in half a day. They were really good, putting letters through our doors, telling us to move our cars by 8am, and they had the whole street resurfaced by 12.30pm.

“It was great to see the road finally repaired after we spent so long calling for action.

“But I don’t think it would have happened without the Gazette, and I’d like to thank the paper for getting behind us.”

Fellow resident Bob Tuck said: “I think they did a smashing job.”

Norman Whitehead, who collected a petition in support of pothole action, declared he was “very pleased” with the road’s resurfacing.

Neighbouring Wooler Walk also benefited from the resurfacing scheme.

n Does your street have a pothole problem? If so, call the Gazette newsdesk on 427 4858.

 

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