Dereham potholes filled in by frustrated parish councillor

Two 'embarrassing' large potholes at the entrance of a major car park have been filled in by a frustrated parish councillor.

The gaps on the main road into the Cherry Tree car park in Dereham appeared a few months ago next to the closed Cherry Tree pub.

Roger Atterwill, chairman of Swanton Morley Parish Council, spent 30 minutes filling in the holes at 11pm on Tuesday night with crushed rubble and tarmacadam.

He said: 'I did this because I was becoming increasingly concerned that a pensioner or anyone else for that matter was going to either damage their vehicle or worse injure themselves.'

Mr Atterwill spent �50 on the materials and the work he did will last for several months.

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But he said the condition of the 448-space car park, owned by Breckland Council, needs to be looked at.

He added: 'I have lived in the area my whole life. Somebody needed to get something sorted. We have got the Tour of Britain and Battle of Britain parade in Dereham and it is embarrassing.'

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The land where the potholes emerged is not owned by Breckland but the owners of the pub, believed to be from Thailand.

A Breckland spokesman said: 'Whilst we recognise that Mr Atterwill has taken this action independently to address the problem temporarily, it is not Breckland's responsibility to carry out repairs on privately owned land at the taxpayers' expense and we are in discussions with the responsible owner of the land in order to achieve a longer term solution.'

Mr Atterwill said he did not expect a payment for the work.

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