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Labour Councillor Mark Cherry joins calls from motorists to get Banbury’s West Bar Street resurfaced

Councillor Mark Cherry at West Bar

Councillor Mark Cherry at West Bar

Workers from the County Council’s Highways Division patched up the street, which leads from the Cross to Brougton and Banbury College, at the end of April 2014, but in a few days the temporary asphalt was crumbling.

Cllr Mark Cherry, who represents the Banbury Calthorpe ward for Oxfordshire County Council, said: “The latest news is resurfacing will happen in October.”

“Originally this wasn’t going to happen until 2015. There’s no point doing it in October – the winter weather will just damage it again. That road has a moon-like surface and it needs all scraping up and redoing. “

Drivers say they are compelled to ‘weave’ around to avoid their cars dropping into deep potholes that have been a hazard for many months, and some are avoiding West Bar altogether to save their vehicle’s suspension.

Mark Cherry added, “It shouldn’t have come to this. The patching is not good enough and is falling apart already.”

A spokesman for Oxfordshire County Council said: “We have a planned schedule of road resurfacing works taking place around the county, and these involve arranging traffic management, scheduling contractors and informing local residents and businesses of the works well in advance.”

“We fix potholes as and when required to keep the road open until the more comprehensive works are done.”

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