Updated: Graffiti artist praised for warning road users of dangerous potholes
A graffiti artist who spray painted around three large potholes in Bourne along with the letters "F. G. H" has been praised for making them more visible to road users.
The potholes are at the junction of Stone Close and St Gilbert's Road and the junction of St Gilbert's Road and Exeter Street in the town.
Pictures of the potholes posted on a Bourne Facebook page had drawn more than 100 comments by 10am today (June06).
Jo Cole said the mystery spray painter had made the potholes more visible to road users while Nikki Gunn wondered if the letters F.G.H were the initials of the painter or if they stood for "F****** Great Hole".
Paul Kerr called the potholes a "disgrace" and said they exposed "the lie that LCC (Lincolnshire County Council) highways respond quickly to serious potholes! Are they waiting for a cyclist to suffer serious injury before they do anything?"
Marlene Joyce thought it was a good idea.
"At least it warns people to be careful!
"Be an idea to set up a midnight pothole patrol to spray."
Coun Richard Davies (Con), executive member for Lincolnshire County Council highways, said: "We are aware of these potholes and they will be repaired.
"Now the weather is improving, we're beginning to catch up with the backlog created by the bad winter weather.
"We've also brought in three additional teams to help deal with the extra workload, and, as a result, we've been able to repair over 12,000 potholes since January."
Coun Davies said they had recently earmarked a further £12m to be invested in highways maintenance.
"While this extra money will make a difference, it is nowhere near the hundreds of millions of pounds that is needed to bring our roads up to the standard we would like."
"That's why we are calling on the government for fairer funding for Lincolnshire.
"If councils here received the average funding for council areas in England, the region would benefit from £116m of extra funding for services every year - some of which would be used towards highways repairs.
"That would make a massive difference."
Anyone wanting to report a pothole can do so online at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/faultreporting or by calling the Customer Service Centre on 01522-782070.
Inspector Ian Martin, community policing inspector for Stamford, Bourne and The Deepings, said he was not aware of anyone reporting the matter to police.
"Potholes and the condition of roads should be reported to the council who can then assess and make the necessary repairs," he said.
"Writing on the road in this manner is not permitted, and while someone has had the best intention to warn other road users, the matter should be raised with the council to resolve the issue.
"If anyone has any information about the writing on the road, then this should be reported to the police."