My roads potholes got so bad I turned my whole street into crazy golf course

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    After seeing dozens of locals complain on Facebook about the amount of potholes in his town, one creative bloke decided to highlight the problem by turning his high street into a crazy golf course.

    Ben Thornbury mocked up a sign and opened the course in the middle of Malmesbury, Wiltshire, last Friday (April 7).

    He says more than 20 residents turned up to have a go – and he hopes it will spur the authorities into taking action.

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    Ben, 18, said: "I'm really proud it was my idea, people were playing crazy golf in middle of the high street while all the cars were coming past."

    “Probably more than 20 people turned up," Ben added. "For a small town that’s very good.

    “A family had just come into town for the day, they rocked up in the middle of the road and started playing golf with us.

    “It’s just been such a rewarding feeling and people have been messaging me saying, ‘You’ve done it again for the community’."

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    Ben, who is himself from Malmesbury, enjoys spending his free time volunteering for projects in his local area, taking on tasks like cleaning the streets and trimming overgrown hedges.

    So, when he realised how much the potholes in the town were affecting residents, he decided to turn his hand to protesting.

    Using supplies he already had from his volunteering work, he created a sign reading ‘High Street Crazy Potholes Golf Now Open' and set up the course using mini traffic cones.

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    He posted about his idea on Facebook and as the likes and comments started rolling in, locals started turning up.

    Ben said: “The potholes in town have been a massive issue for months now.

    "Residents have been complaining on Facebook saying all the roads and the high street is full of them.

    “We’ve been reporting it and had no response from the council and now people are getting fed up that nothing is being done about it.

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    “With my community work, I had some signs I wasn’t using – I mocked up a design on my phone for a road sign saying ‘crazy pothole golf’ and that’s how it all came about.

    “People thought it was a brill idea and were saying it was about time someone did something about it to raise awareness.

    “The council might not respond to a letter, but I hoped using a bit of humour would get their attention straight away.”

    Wiltshire Council has been approached for comment.


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