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Stroud residents win fight over potholes where Prince Micheal of Kent lived

NEIGHBORS fought successfully to get their road repaired after municipal contractors abandoned work last year.

Residents of Claypits Lane, near Thrupp, have been lobbying Gloucestershire County Council over the state of their road for more than a decade.

Some locals say the road has been “terribly neglected” since the Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, moved out in 2006.

They officially formed an action group last month – Claypits Lane Action Group (CLAG) – and demonstrated on the road at its worst corner, near Heavenswood Cottage.

Previously, GCC attempted to work in January 2021, but after a health and safety incident they were forced to stop.

Potholes at Claypits Lane near Thrupp

Karen Thomas, an organizer who lives on the lane, says the situation is a “shame”.

She said: ‘We have been compelled to act as we have been asking GCC Highways to improve the road surface for years now.

“When they started repairs on the road 18 months ago, they made it worse.

“We chose this location to protest because it was the department’s own contractors who dug up a large area of ​​the road and then left it – at a sharp, blind turn.

“They also left behind a large pile of gravel which washed away the lane over the years making it dangerous for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians. It’s a shame.

Jason Humm, director of transportation and highways at GCC, said: “We appreciate the patience residents have shown while waiting for this resurfacing work.

“As Claypits Road is very narrow and steep, we worked hard to agree on a safe working method for resurfacing.

“Resurfacing work on Claypits Lane is now due to start on September 26 and is expected to be completed by September 30.

“We have undertaken regular inspections of the road and made repairs where necessary to ensure it remains safe.”

Residents of the Claypits Lane action group said they were ‘pleased’ with the County Council’s decision.

Karen Thomas said: “We are all delighted with this result and we will celebrate in September when the work has actually been done.

“We would all like to thank Councilor Chloe Turner for working tirelessly on our behalf behind the scenes.”

The Prince of Kent, the Queen’s first cousin, lived near Claypits Lane at Nether Lypiatt Manor but sold the property in 2006 for nearly £6million.

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