Pothole too deep to chance
BOB Clarke should be proud of the road which runs past his house. After all it is named after his grandparents.
Instead, the road boasts what could be the Tweed's biggest pothole.
Mr Clarke, 74, is disgusted at the maintenance provided by Tweed Shire Council for Clarkes Road, a short stretch of gravel, mud and water which runs past his home near the village of Mooball.
He says the road is often impassable to small cars because of poor drainage which creates a ditch of 30cm-deep water.
To his amazement the Council continues to regularly grade the ditch without filling it in with gravel or arranging drainage. The seemingly pointless grading operation was repeated this week.
“It's been going on for years,” he said yesterday.
“It's got to be drained and filled.
“You can't blame the grader drivers because they don't give them anything to work with.
“They put a layer of gravel further down near the railway bridge, but we haven't had any on this part of the road for ages.”
The Council's works manager Ian Kite said work was under way to find a solution.
“There is a culvert under Tweed Valley Way that discharges onto Clarkes Road, however there is a sag point at this location that causes the water to pond,” Mr Kite said
“This situation has existed for many years. Council is aware of the problem and our design unit is y investigating how the situation can be resolved.”
“As the road is a short parallel link with Tweed Valley Way to Mooball-Pottsville Rd, residents are requested to exit via the other end until we have a solution in place.”