CONCERNS have been raised that a pothole in a back lane could cause part of the road to collapse.
Residents fear the lane running between Windermere Terrace and Lansdown Terrace in North Shields could partially collapse unless urgent repairs are carried out.
A large crack has developed in a concrete section over the drainage system, with concerns that heavy vehicles using the lane could see it cave in.
Nearby residents contacted North Tyneside Council last summer about the problem and although initial repair work was carried out, the damage quickly reappeared.
Kelvyn Guest, of Windermere Terrace, said: “Each Thursday, the bin lorry reverses down the same alleyway.
“It is only a matter of time before the whole thing will collapse.
“I just have to hope that every time the lorry goes over this hole that it does not end up tipping into our garden.”
He added: “My wife did contact the council a couple of months ago, to which they were surprised that the hole still existed as, according to their records, the job had been completed.”
A council spokesperson said: “We work hard to monitor the condition of the borough’s 826km of roads and 1,700km of footpaths and organise repairs that are needed.
“In relation to this particular defect, we completed the repair on October 7, 2010.
“Unfortunately, it appears the recent snow and ice has removed the macadam that was used.
“As a result we will be inspecting the area with a view to carrying out any further work that may be needed.”