New Addington street party organiser worried about potholes
PATRIOTIC residents in New Addington are being driven potty in their bid to host a street party.
Today (Monday), residents in Walsh Crescent will gather on the street to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee together.
But locals are angry they will have to sip their Pimms and tuck into their Coronation chicken while dodging huge craters in the road.
Sonya Manger claims her pleas for the potholes to be filled in have met on deaf ears at the council, which has "repeatedly ignored" her.
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The 42-year-old said: "The potholes down this road are just ridiculous. They are an accident waiting to happen.
"We wanted everything to be perfect for our party, the street is coming together – but now we are going to be worried that people could hurt themselves.
"These potholes are absolutely huge and are dangerous. We have a lot of kids who are coming. We are having a bouncy castle and I am concerned there could be an accident."
Sonya, who has lived on the road for a decade, added: "It is not just the kids either, we have disabled people who live down here and who are coming – but I have just been ignored by the council.
"It seems as though they don't care."
Mrs Manger says she first tried to get in contact with the council two months ago.
"I thought that would be more than enough time," she explained.
"I first sent an e-mail and heard nothing back so I have phoned quite a few times and all I get is someone fobbing me off.
"They say they will pass a message on and get someone to ring me back, but they never do. Even if they had got back in touch to say 'we are sorry, we are not going to be able to get it done before the party, but we will look into it later', then that would have been fine. But to be ignored I find rude and unnecessary."
Despite her fears, Sonya is adamant the party must still go ahead.
A Croydon Council spokesman said: "The council was contacted on Tuesday this week about this and we have sent a highways engineer out to inspect the road as a priority."