MOTORISTS have called on County Hall to repair a pothole located on one of the borough's busiest road junctions.

Drivers travelling passed the junction of Burnley Road, Clayton-le-Moors, have to steer clear of a pothole situated behind the traffic lights at the junction.

The 'perilous' pothole has caused damage to cars and lorries driving down the area and there are concerns that cyclists will have to cycle into traffic to avoid the pothole.

Lucinda Mulligan, who works at Champ Funeral Services which is next to the junction, passes the junction everyday on the way to work.

She said: "There is a pothole just outside our building.

"The pothole drops down quite a bit and appears to be getting deeper.

"It's one of the busiest junctions in the area and difficult to avoid.

"I came close to hitting one of the potholes myself but luckily managed to miss it.

"I have witnessed cars going into the pothole at the junction and imagine it's caused damage to those vehicles.

"Lancashire County Council need to figure out a better system to deal with the issue.

"They need to find a way to fix it permanently rather than these temporary fixes because its obviously a weak spot on the road."

Cllr Stephen Button, who represents the area, said: "I empathise with the residents because I am a cyclist myself. It's very frustrating.

"I'm getting first hand experience of that and the last thing cyclists want to do is go in traffic to avoid some perilous potholes.

"Lancashire County Council's investment on the road surface in the area is poor.

"I'm angry along with the residents because I hate potholes especially at a location like that.

"I shall be going up their personally to have a look at it and will give some details to our council leader to sort something out before there is an accident."

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: "Defects have appeared a number of times over recent months at this location, and it appears they are being caused by an underlying structural issue with the road which will need further investigation.

"This is a very busy location which means we will need to carefully consider the traffic management which may be needed to safely carry out this work.

"In the meantime we will inspect this defect and make a temporary repair for safety."