Potholes cause damage concern

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The number of heavy goods vehicles hitting potholes are causing damage at homes on a road in London.

According to residents in Church Hill, damage to streets has existed for a year and despite pleas with Thames Water and Essex Highways, no action has yet been taken, according to the East London and West Essex Guardian Series.

Potholes cause huge problems for drivers and cyclists too and while many think of the problem as a slight inconvenience, large cracks in the road can cause dramatic difficulties for even the most experienced of motorists.

Hitting a pothole at a high enough speed can pop tyres completely, which will often send a vehicle spinning - causing death or injury for occupants.

In cases where the latter happens, those affected may be entitled to claim compensation for their medical expenses, as well as any time off work that a hospital stay causes. In many cases legal action forces councils to take road problems more seriously, which is a positive for everyone involved.

But in this case the potholes are so bad that Louise Yiu, a 29-year-old resident on the badly-maintained street, said: "It sounds like a bomb going off outside our house. The noise goes on for ten seconds every time a lorry passes.

"It is constant and the shake is just incredible. My husband and I would be sleeping and we would jump up in bed because it's so loud."

This kind of sleep disruption is simply not acceptable and is likely causing undue stress, which Ms Yiu and her husband may be able to launch legal action to compensate for.

Ms Yiu's frustration was compounded by the face even though she asked an inspector to come and look at the badly maintained surface, nobody turned up.

"I'm absolutely sick of it. Every day I deal with the problem because the noise is just atrocious but I'm done with it," she added.

A spokesperson for Thames Water said it was sorry for the problems caused by potholes along the affected road and its engineers will investigate the situation.

By Chris Stevenson