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Eight apply own road fix


DAVANDRA BABB

Eight apply own road fix

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Eight St Peter residents yesterday said enough was enough and took matters in their hands to patch a number of troubling potholes in their district.

The men from the Corbin’s Road, Clarke’s Gap, Ashton Hall community came out to fill the holes after residents pooled money together to buy the material.

Spokesman Ryan Skeete said enough was enough and they couldn’t wait any longer on the authorities.

“We are just patching the road because we realise the road is pretty bad. It has a lot of people in problems trying to get to and from.

“We got together and got some cement and quarter mix and patch the holes. It’s from our own pockets but it isn’t costing us much because we are all chipping in to help. All of us came together to make it happen.

“It’s also a bus route, too, so we tried to make it better for the buses to pass. We are helping ourselves,” said Skeete, who acknowledged the task was a bit difficult but teamwork lightened the load.

He said the rain kept them back a bit but they started about 9 a.m. and would go on until about 5 p.m.

“It’s quite a difficult job but since we have so much guys helping out, we are getting through it.

‘The roads were like this for a while now, probably about three years or so, but it has got worse over the last few months with all the rain. We have been asking for the road to be fixed for quite some time now and nothing is being done, so we did it ourselves,” he added.

Steven Griffith, another team member, told the DAILY NATION the road had damaged their vehicles and something had to be done.

“It’s our vehicles that have to pass here as well. You have to spend a lot of money on your vehicles; that’s why we decide that we are going to fix it. The cost of us fixing this road alone is less that you repairing your vehicle. So that’s why we decide that were going to do it.

“Right now, no one is looking at us. We were out here trying and aren’t getting any help, so we did it ourselves,” he said.

Griffith said that this was not their first time taking matters into their own hands.

“We finished a road through the gap already on Boxing Day. So this is really the second time that we are out. If anyone else needs help, we are willing to help out as well.

“People are home preparing things to eat, so when the guys finish, they would have food to eat,” he added. (DB)

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