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Cyclists hold birthday celebrations for pothole

The pothole is on a traffic-free route near Rovings Drive. Credit: BPM Media

Cyclists marked the first birthday of a pothole with a cake, a candle and balloons.

The group posed for pictures with the Borrowash pothole in Derbyshire, which they have been campaigning to get fixed for a year.

Derby Cycling Group marked the milestone by singing “Happy Birthday Dear Hole” and “For He’s a Jolly Good Hollow”.

Cyclists tuck into birthday cake. Credit: BPM Media

Ian Dent, from the group, said the pothole was first reported back in February 2019.

They said they have been waiting for local developer Taylor Wimpey to fix the "dangerous hole" ever since.

"I just hope we don’t need to organise a two year birthday party in 2021.

"As a group we call for a connected cycle network across the Derby area and are pleased when developers create good infrastructure connected to existing cycle routes.

"However, building the routes isn’t the end of the story and maintenance is necessary for them to be useful.

"I appreciate problems can occur but would expect a large national organisation such as Taylor Wimpey to make repairs in a much shorter timescale than a year.

"They have many skilled workmen building 329 homes in Littleover and would have hoped a couple could have made the short trip to Borrowash.

"Surely they are able to make repairs to snags on their new houses in a shorter timescale?"

– Ian Dent
The pothole was first reported in February 2019. Credit: BPM Media

Derby City Council quickly visited the site after the pothole was first reported and put up safety barriers before reporting the problem to the landowners for repair.

Derby Cycling Group said after hearing no response from landowners Taylor Wimpey, they decided they would hold a clean up and a commemoration to mark the basin’s first birthday.

A Taylor Wimpey spokesperson said: "We sincerely apologise for the delay in getting the pothole repaired and would like to thank the local community for their patience.

“We are working with our contractor to finalise plans to remediate the footpath and repair work is scheduled to be completed within the next three months.”

"We are aware of this issue and are in regular contact with the developers who are responsible for resolving it as soon as possible.”

– Derby County Council