Damage to a pavement caused by refuse lorries which mount the kerb as they turn has been left to become a trip hazard, residents claim.
Arthur Collyer of Nash Road in Tilgate complained to Crawley Borough Council about its contractor’s lorries causing damage to his driveway a year ago.He says the damage has worsened, affecting the pavement, and he has seen a child fall off their bicycle.
He and his neighbour Ron Newton want the grass verge and pavement repaired as soon as possible.
Mr Collyer said: “They’ve broken my concrete and it’s a pile of mud outside.
“They come round here three times a fortnight. I’ve seen them doing it [going up on the kerb] even if there aren’t cars parked opposite.
“It’s been like it for years. I’ve seen a little girl come off her bike here.
“I phoned the council again last winter. I didn’t expect them to do anything during winter, but it’s going to winter again and they still haven’t done anything.”
Last winter he claimed a lorry drove into a large puddle settled in the deep tyre track on the grass verge and sprayed mud all over Mr Newton’s car.
A council spokesman said: “We’ve received a complaint about a section of verge being regularly over-run by large vehicles, including refuse and recycling vehicles, due to parked cars causing access issues in Nash Road and Irving Walk.
“We have raised this issue with Veolia, our contractors, to try and find alternative collection methods and apologised to Mr Collyer for the delay. The new refuse and recycling vehicles being rolled out next year will have much smaller turning circles and it’s hoped this will be alleviate the issue.”
But Mr Collyer said that was not satisfactory.
“I am not interested in what they’re going to do with the dust carts. I want to know what they are going to do with the damage. It only needs tarmacing.”
The borough council spokesman advised Mr Collyer report the damage on West Sussex County Council’s Love West Sussex website as the county council was reponsible for all highways and pavement repairs regardless of what caused the damage.