Yesterday, that dangerous grid in Plane Street had an emergency repair done to it. The hole around the water grid had become so severe that the side facing the oncoming traffic was exposed by about 10cm. It has now been made safe and marked up with white paint along with many of the other less dangerous holes in Plane Street. I hope the route along Plane Street and Beech Street will become a lot smoother. Some minor lumps and holes wouldn't be noticed by a modern car with good suspension. On a road bike at 20mph its wheels can bounce off the ground, which adds danger on a bend or braking zone, or in this case, a potentially bust rim.
If you use the CTC's 'Fill that hole' web site to report the problem, as I did on the 10th October, you should get a reply telling you it has been reported to relevant authority.
From: CTC Pothole Reporting <email@example.com>
The hazard you entered on the CTC site has now been reported to the
relevant highway authority with the message shown below.
Please let us know if the hazard has been fixed, or if there are
significant changes, using the following URL:
To: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
CTC, the national cyclists’ organisation, has had the following
road hazard reported to it, and we believe that you may be the
responsible highway authority
The defect is located at:
OS GRID REFERENCE: SD 69024 29166
DISTRICT: Blackburn with Darwen
ROAD NAME: Plane Street
LOCATION DESCRIPTION: Plane Street heading east just past the traffic lights
LOCATION MAP: http://www.ctc-maps.org.uk/obstructions/on_road/hazard/8758/map
APPROX. SIZE: 20cm
APPROX. DEPTH: 10cm
APPROX. DISTANCE FROM KERB: 60cm
DATE ENCOUNTERED: 2 Oct 2007
DEFECT DESCRIPTION: hole developed around water grid
And hopefully a couple of weeks later, a result.