'Worst road in East Surrey' will finally be repaired
THE "worst road in east Surrey" is finally on the list to be resurfaced – but the county council still cannot confirm when.
Crumbling Delabole Road, in Merstham, has long been a source of huge frustration for motorists, pedestrians and the 450 pupils who go to Furzefield Community Primary School there.
The potholed road has finally been added to Surrey County Council's list of streets to be fixed at some point this financial year. It is 14 months since 30 Furzefield Year 3 pupils wrote to the council asking for something to be done.
Their head teacher, Susan Chrysanthou, said: "It has been a real problem having such a poor road surface.
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"It is a trip hazard for children crossing the road, and cars swerve because they come up to a hole and drive unpredictably, so that is a safety concern. There is also the look of the school. We are trying to improve things here, we have done an awful lot in the grounds and made it into an attractive place to be, but the outside has let us down.
"We would like to know when it will be done. Obviously we are very pleased it is on the schedule for this financial year. The pupils are very pleased too, it has been quite a lesson for them."
Childminder Lynn Fagan, from neighbouring Radstock Way, is among residents who have been complaining about the state of the road for more than a year.
She said the stretch of tarmac must be the worst road in east Surrey.
"I cannot believe it has taken all this time," said the 39-year-old mother-of-two. "The road is in dire straits and has been for a hugely long time.
"It should be a priority road because there is a school there, children are crossing all the time, and I cannot believe the council has put it off. It has been hugely frustrating. It is down to bare concrete which I think is incredibly dangerous."
A council spokesman could not give a date for the repair but said: "Delabole Road is on the major maintenance works programme for 2012/13. It is currently awaiting a construction survey and once that has been done the work can be scheduled."