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Driver's fury over NI Water pothole

By Chris McCullough

Published 15/10/2015

Matthew Steele shows off the damage caused to his car
Matthew Steele shows off the damage caused to his car

A dangerous pothole in a Ballymoney road left following work by Northern Ireland Water has been filled in three times - but is still creating problems for traffic and damaging vehicles.

Local man Matthew Steele was unfortunate to hit the pothole on the Bann Road after midnight last Saturday with the result his bumper was left hanging off.

Work had been carried out on the road by NI Water on the Friday and it had been filled in on the Saturday morning. However, by Saturday night a large hole had developed that "could have thrown a motorcyclist off his bike", according to Mr Steele.

Mr Steele said: "It's a total joke. Work was being carried out on the Bann Road on the Friday night and Saturday morning close to the junction with Milltown Road and was filled in on the Saturday morning. The quality of the repair must not have been that good as the hole opened again and I hit it after midnight on the Saturday.

"I heard this almighty bang and the car bounced out of the hole again. I had to stop.

"The impact pulled part of the bumper off. There were no warning signs. The hole was so big that if a motorcyclist had hit it, he or she would have been thrown off. It was very dangerous indeed."

He said the hole was repaired on Monday morning, but had sunk again by Monday evening.

He added: "They filled it in again on Monday and it sank. They came back and filled it in on Tuesday morning, but by that evening the hole had reappeared."

Mr Steele is now seeking compensation to fix his car.

When contacted, Transport NI said it was a matter for NI Water, as it was responsible for the work.

A spokeswoman for NI Water said: "NI Water is investigating reports of a defect on the Bann Road, Ballymoney, following a programme of essential sewer upgrade work in the area.

"NI Water will undertake a temporary repair of the road immediately, with a view to planning a permanent reinstatement following granting of various permissions from Transport NI.

"Any customer with a query in relation to compensation can phone the Waterline number on 03457 440088 and request a compensation form."

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