A 90-YEAR-OLD was left shaken after the car she was travelling in hit a massive pothole.
Joan Beaumont was in a car with her daughter Denise Batler and daughter-in-law Maureen Beaumont when they hit a pothole on Netheroyd Hill Road in Cowcliffe.
It shook the car, being driven by Mrs Batler, and caused the two passenger tyres to burst and damage to the wheel arch, leaving a bill of more than £400.
Maureen Beaumont said the pensioner was still shaken in the days after the incident.
And while a family member took photographs of the pothole the next day, people living nearby said they had already reported it.
Mrs Beaumont said: “We couldn’t avoid it because of where the cars were parked and another coming towards us.
“These things need to be fixed urgently because they are dangerous.”
Last week, Kirklees Council confirmed they had set on extra crews to try to repair more potholes.
They estimate up to 10,000 potholes require repairs on local roads.
A council spokeswoman said a pothole was reported on the road on February 7 and again on February 9, the day it was repaired.
She added: “There was another report of potholes but no specific location – and this is a long road.”
The council deals with reports of potholes in different ways.
Once reported, potholes are given priority if they meet certain criteria which include their location in the road – where a vehicle wheel is likely to hit it – or if they are particularly deep.
Those classed as priority are treated as an emergency repair and the council aims to deal with these within 24 hours of being reported. Delays can occur if traffic management is needed to allow the repair to take place.
Other potholes are usually dealt with within eight weeks of being reported.
To report a pothole visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/roads or for urgent matters call 0800 731 8765.