Smurf protest gets potholes filled

Laura Murphy who used toy Smurfs to bring attention to a pothole down her road, Old Orchard Place, Hailsham, June 28th 2013 E27006P'Laura Murphy with the now filled in pothole
Laura Murphy who used toy Smurfs to bring attention to a pothole down her road, Old Orchard Place, Hailsham, June 28th 2013 E27006P'Laura Murphy with the now filled in pothole
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A well-known figure in the Eastbourne business community made quirky bid to encourage the county council to finish the job when it failed to fill in all the potholes in her road.

Laura Murphy, of Old Orchard Place, Hailsham, was initially pleased to see contractors turn out to fix the tarmac outside her house, but parked cars meant the work could not be completed.

In desperation, Laura took a selection of photographs of the Smurfs, amongst others, ‘enjoying’ themselves by the water-filled potholes and sent them to Rupert Clubb, director for transport at East Sussex County Council.

Laura, who runs her won management consultancy firm, sent an e-mail on June 23. She wrote, “A couple of weeks ago the workmen came out to fix numerous potholes in Old Orchard Place that had been there for well over six months but because cars were parked and they would have therefore blocked the road, they couldn’t complete the job. As you can see from the attached photos, the Smurfs have taken over the pothole outside of our house, after other residents in our home had enjoyed the lake that formed in this 2.5 inch deep, one-yard long hole.

“I’d appreciate being made aware of when you intend to return to Old Orchard Place, so that I can let the neighbours know to keep their cars well away from the offending holes scattered down the road.

“In the meantime we’re just waiting for one of our nuclear submarines to find this glorious harbour.”

Jon Copp, highways liaison officer, responded the following day on behalf of Mr Clubb - promising a swift return of the workmen.

He wrote, “I’m sorry it’s taken so long to get these repaired, are efforts are sometimes hampered by parked cars. I am pleased to confirm that we will be returning tomorrow, June 25, to carry out repairs to the outstanding potholes. It would be really appreciated if you could let your neighbours know, hopefully there won’t be any parked cars this time.”

The contractors turned up as promised, the pothole was filled in and Laura is pictured here with the job done.