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Holes Big Enough to Swallow a Car

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The state of the roads across both the Hills and Hornsby Districts continues to worsen, with potholes now turning into wide gaping holes, leading to treacherous driving conditions for locals.

HolesLocals were again taking to Facebook community pages to vent their frustration. Last month the Galston, Glenorie & Hills Rural Community News reported about the crater-sized potholes along Pitt Town Road and other roads across the Shire.

Residents had described the conditions as “third world standard” and called on Hills Shire Mayor Peter Gangemi to address the worsening problem.

The most recent was a wide gaping hole on River Road, near Old Leets Road (see image, right).

Frustrated residents once again directed their concerns to Mayor Gangemi, who continued to encourage them to report the potholes to Council via their website.

The Mayor then updated residents via the same community Facebook page saying Council had barricaded that part of the road and that further assessments and repairs would be required.

Since our report last month, the News has been inundated with residents’ ongoing concerns about the growing number of potholes, particularly with the recent rain.

Halcrows Road through Glenorie and Cattai has been a major ongoing concern for locals. Parts of the road have potholes that “would swallow a small car”.

Pothole1 Holes Big Enough To Swallow A CarResidents have said that phone calls to Council via the “appropriate channels” had fallen on deaf ears for the last six months and that Council was taking temporary band-aid actions instead of allocating funds to properly fix the roads.

A Hills Shire Council spokesperson said that “unrelenting wet weather and flooding along River Road has washed soil from around a pipe, causing a section of road to collapse. A geotechnical engineer assessment is needed to understand the work required to remedy this issue. In the meantime, one lane remains closed to traffic, and barricades and warning signs are in place”.

“In addition to this, Council is aware of the damage to Halcrows Road, in Glenorie, which has also been affected by the constant rain and continuous traffic, which resulted in detours around flood waters. Council is currently working with a number of contractors on the best solution to repair this road.”

“Council understands this is a very challenging time, and thanks residents for their patience and understanding. Council also encourages road users to be safe, slow down when they see road works and to continue to drive to the conditions

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Bev Jordan

Bev Jordan studied journalism at Harlow College in the UK.  She achieves a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. After migrating to Australia at the end of 1984, she took up a Senior Journalist position with Cumberland Newspapers, based on the Parramatta Advertiser. She has since worked on the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and was a lecturer in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. Bev returned to Cumberland Newspapers (NewsLocal) and worked for 30 years covering all different mastheads, including Mosman Daily, Mount Druitt Standard and finally Hills Shire Times for the last 17 of those years. Bev’s passion has always been local community journalism.  She says “As a journalist, I have always seen it as my job to inform, inspire and involve.  I am a passionate advocate for organisations and people making a difference to the world around them. Connectedness is so important to the health of an individual but also to a community, no matter how small or large.

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