BSARA look into a hole in the road

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A pothole that appeared in the road surface opposite Chandlers ‘toilet with en suite cafe’ at the corner of Beacon Street/Swan Road over six months ago has been looked into by the Beacon Street Area Residents’ Association (BSARA) and remains unresolved.

BSARA was established in 2001 with a broad remit to enable local residents to collectively lobby on potholes, wheelie bins, Newcastle United scum and any other pressing issues troubling the public-spirited pensioners on the committee.

Committee member Mr Sidney Sprite, 85, commented: ‘Potholes are more than just a nuisance, they can be a real danger especially to elderly pedestrians trying to find their way back to St. Andrews House and to blind cyclists.’

The Ego Hole, as it has become known, resulted from a collapse of the road surface  in Beacon Street over the previous six months. Although some rudimentary repairs have been carried out, a final solution is still proving elusive.

The problem was originally reported to Staffs County Highways in July via FixMyStreet, the website for citizens troubled by dog faeces and illegally parked cars.

Charles Chevron, a Highways surveyor, insists: ‘This was a ‘drainage’ issue rather than a ‘highways’ issue so  I referred it to South Staffs Water.’

Keith Marshall, acting MD of South Staffordshire Water plc admitted: ‘I’m not remotely interested.’

‘Nor am I,’ added local councillor Terry Finn (C0n).

But help was at hand in the form of local lad Sam Wheeler. The 25-year old labourer, currently employed on the LEGO Award nominated Friary Phase 1 development told Five Spires Live:

‘As a cycling enthusiast I was sick of listening to club members moaning about the Ego Hole, so last Saturday night I had a few bevvies with my mates, got some stuff from the building site and went and filled it in. Any hole’s a goal on a Saturday night.’

BSARA’s Mr Sprite is delighted: ‘The lad’s done a great job, though frankly he’s not really Beacon Street material.’

If you live in the Beacon Street area, enjoy writing letters to the Lichfield Mercury and satisfy the age requirement you can join BSARA through their website http://www.beaconstreetresidentsara.organ


4 thoughts on “BSARA look into a hole in the road

    Beacon Street Area Residents' Association said:
    January 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Hi this is Sidney Sprite from BSARA, aged 85.

    Charles Chevron from the roads dept. and Henry Faucet from the water board will be quaking in their boots. How long before Five Spires Live gets an award for investigative journalism? Go easy on Cllr Terry Finn as he is on the waiting list for a sense of humour transplant.

      medici2471 responded:
      January 23, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Thanks for your comments Sidney, we notice that the hole has been filled in recently in a very shoddy manner. No doubt you will see that it is rectified.


    Lorna Bushell said:
    November 3, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    If you want to see a really bad road surface go to the entrance to Tesco via Greenhill mews not even shoddily mended, and more than a hole! SCC may have a bit of money next year to mend it, Haha.

      medici2471 responded:
      November 4, 2014 at 7:28 am

      Get BSARA onto the case, their influence spreads well beyond Beacon Street, they have superior knowledge on all aspects of public life and many members would be councillors if only someone would vote for them.

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