A DISTRICT councillor says it’s only a matter of time before someone is killed along a bad stretch of road near one of the area’s most popular tourist attractions.

Motorists travelling along Jubilee Drive which straddles the Herefordshire side of the Malverns could end up rolling down the side of the hill because of subsidence and a bad road surface, according to Paul Bennett

The Malvern Hills district councillor has been calling on Herefordshire Council to repair the stretch of road between Wyche and Gardiner’s Quarry for more than six months.

“There’s a real risk with the large dips in the road that someone will be killed,” he said.

“It’s a national speed limit road and if someone hits one of the dips at speed it could throw them down the side of the hill.

“Many drivers have had near misses and there were crashes against the bank of this road recently.”

He said leaving important roads in such a state of disrepair sends out a bad message to people visiting the area.

“Tourism is so important to the local economy on both sides of the border,” he said.

“With roads being left like this, what message does it send to tourists who visit Herefordshire?”

Coun Bennett also said he was concerned that when he first reported the matter his call to the council went straight through to their private highways contractor Balfour Beatty.

He said his concerns fell on deaf ears when he reported it.

“Are they policing their own work and contract?” He asked.

A Herefordshire Council spokesman said the road has been identified as one that would benefit from repair works.