A woman who fell and twisted her ankle in a pothole has called for action to repair the road.
Michelle Barnett, 65, who has two artificial knees, was walking her Welsh terrier Barney along Towngate at Hepworth when the incident occurred.
She was helped to her feet by the driver of a delivery van, but suffered cuts and bruises to her knees.
She said: “I was walking my dog through the village. That stretch of road doesn’t have a footpath and I turned my ankle. I fell full-length on the main road.
“I was very lucky that no cars were coming because I was lying there knocked out and winded.
“A delivery man saw me and picked me up off the road. He held Barney while I attempted to get up with great difficulty. My knee is still throbbing.”
Michelle, who has lived in the village for the past 20 years, said: “The potholes are all through the village. We have toddler groups, a school and several people who ride disability scooters. It’s ridiculous that they haven’t been mended.”
She said: “It was extremely upsetting and extremely annoying. Barney got a nasty shock, too to see me lying in the road. A lot of people have complained about the masses of holes in that street.”
A Kirklees Council spokesperson said: “The council is naturally sorry to hear of the incident on Towngate.
“We operate a regular system of inspection and maintenance of our roads in line with the code of practice. The purpose of inspection is to identify any defects deemed to be a danger to any user of the highway. Any issues we find are noted and programmed for repair.
“Towngate in Hepworth has a scheduled safety inspection every three months by our engineers and they will continue to monitor the location and programme any repairs required to keep the area safe for users of the highway network.”
A six-figure-sum was given to Kirklees Council last month to put towards its pothole crisis.
The council will receive £325,000 – which the Government says should help it fill more than 6,000 potholes.
But with more than 40,000 potholes reported every year in Kirklees, the money will only make a small dent in the huge backlog of road defects.
Potholes on Bradford Road