Proposals for £1.9 million Pothole Action Fund programme

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Posted on: 27 May 2016

Proposals to carry out £1.9 million of work to prevent potholes on Devon’s roads have been drawn up.

Devon County Council is preparing a programme of repairs using funding awarded from the Government’s Pothole Action Fund earlier this year.

Devon’s £1,952,000 share of the Pothole Action Fund is in addition to £41,155,000 of capital funding which the County Council has received from the Department for Transport.

Each County Council division area will receive at least £14,500 for repairs to ensure minor roads are repaired right across the county. Funding above that level has then been calculated using pothole frequency data for each area to ensure that more funding is directed to areas of most need.

Allocations include more than £127,500 in the wards covering the Bideford area, over £138,600 in total for Exeter, more than £49,100 in the divisions covering Exmouth and the surrounding area, over £95,100 for Honiton, more than £32,100 for the wards covering Newton Abbot, and over £54,200 for Tiverton.

Other allocations include Axminster – over £68,800, Barnstaple (North and South divisions) £30,600, Broadclyst and Whimple – £35,200, Bovey Tracey Rural – £39,700, Chudleigh Rural – £37,000, Combe Martin Rural – £32,300, Crediton Rural – over £29,000, Exminster and Kenton – £28,400, Hatherleigh and Chagford – more than £47,400, Holsworthy Rural – almost £100,000, Newton St Cyres and Sandford – almost £69,000, Okehampton Rural – over £33,900, Ottery St Mary Rural – £41,900, South Molton Rural – more than £55,700, Torrington Rural – £69,100, Totnes Rural – around £22,900, Willand and Uffculme – £52,500, Yealmpton – over £23,800 and Yelverton Rural – more than £20,300.

Local members are being invited to discuss repair site proposals with their local highways officer and they will have the opportunity to propose alternative schemes within the allocated budget.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “While the additional money from the Pothole Action Fund is welcome it won’t stretch as far as we would like. However, it’s an opportunity to address some parts of the lower category road network. The shortfall in funding from central Government for our roads means that minor, rural roads are continuing to deteriorate. We are ensuring that this funding is used as efficiently as possible right across the county to patch up as many potholes as we possibly can.”

Once the finalised programme has been agreed later this year it will be published on the County Council’s webpages and work will be completed this financial year.

More information on the funding allocations is available here.

11 comments on “Proposals for £1.9 million Pothole Action Fund programme

  1. J M Hilditch says:

    Has South Hams dropped off the bottom of the U.K.?
    Both access roads to East Portlemouth are potholed. The tidal road has at least half a dozen deep ones. The main road the passing places are lethal for small cars and you Schalm throuh the repairs!

  2. Councillor Sue Gaskin says:

    I have contacted the Pot hole email address several times about the hole by the top of Church Street and the Station Approach in South Brent and the hole is still there. It is getting bigger by the day and is now dangerous!

  3. Ken says:

    Our terrible rural roads make us feel like a 3rd world country. They are full of potholes and ruts at the edges. They are unsafe for cycling. No wonder folk are all going to live in cities. I feel sorry for rural bus drivers or delivery vehicle drivers. It is overloaded tractor trailers doing the most damage where i live. The roads cannot take those huge weights and the edges merely crumble. Perhaps we should just leave rural living to farmers or those with 4 by 4 chelsea tractors. They would like the countryside to be for them only. Our visitors here from civilisation just cannot believe that this is britain. Anyone who has driven on the marvellous rural roads in say france or spain know they dont need to be like this. BTW there is a US spellchecker on this comment site. Can we have a uk english one please?

  4. Janet Longhurst says:

    Pocombe Hill, Ide/St Thomas is a danger in winter. Surface severely eroded on a steep hill with a bend ending in a T-Junction. In icy weather this is an accident waiing to happen. I enquired about it 2 years ago & was told it was part of a ‘planned inspection scheme’.. Its much worse now as no action has been taken on this busy road – however the whole of Ide village main street has been resurfaced from top to bottom – I guess this comes under different auspices?

  5. Stuart Watts says:

    Our road is an important alternative for commercial and private vehicles when the Tidal Road from Aveton Gifford to Bigbury is flooded by the tide yet it is in a shocking state of disrepair, causing punctured tyres and damaged suspension systems. It needs some major work, please, to repair flood damage caused by fresh water run-off, exacerbated by traffic wear, rather than occasional, temporary and short-lived patching of potholes.

  6. Steven Orrell says:

    I hit a large pot hole in Spreyton damaged my car and tyre asked for a compensation form and you require so much information, I have not been able to complete it due to my busy working life. It seems you are making it difficult to claim to stop you paying out . Also have noted the recently completed pot holes on the main road winkleigh to north tawton some are now pot hot holes again. It is very dangerous when you have to swerve to miss the pot holes please ensure your contractors complete the work properly to a required standard they should be made to mend any defects for free in their completed work

  7. Allan Williams says:

    The £138,600 will go nowhere, and the potholes will only re-occur if the job is not carried out correctly. each repair should be excaveded to about 10 cms and the sides square cut and then a bonding solution applied to the cut edges and then pitch should be used to make the joint water resistant, this in my opinion is the only way to make a repair which will last and not need further attention a few weeks later, Just throwing tarmac into the hole and tamping it down only wastes expensive man-hours and material!

  8. Miss T Pook says:

    I have contacted the Highways number at least three times since January about the state of my road in Tiverton. They have been and painted lines and painted the give way lines.only. What was the point when our road desperately needs resurfacing. It doesn’t make sense. They have resurfaced roads on my estate that aren’t half as bad as ours.

    • Thanks for your comments. If you could please provide the name of your road, and the nearby roads which have been resurfaced recently, we will look into it.

  9. Doug Dowling says:

    It’s a good idea the hole,s are getting worse than ever.Lets get on with it

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