Pothole nightmare: Council promises action

16:31 18 March 2014

The main road through the village of Harcombe has become hazardous with pot holes. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 7058-10-14AW

The main road through the village of Harcombe has become hazardous with pot holes. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 7058-10-14AW

Archant

A stretch of road on Sidmouth outskirts has become a nightmare for motorists after relentless rain and gale force winds unearthed huge potholes.

Frustrated householders who live and travel around Harcombe, near Sidford, are appealing for the problem to be tackled before the situation worsens.

Householders said low-slung vehicles were getting caught in the potholes on Underlane and said had a van had to be pulled free after it became trapped in one.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon’s cabinet member for highways management, said: “A safety inspection has been carried out on site and any safety defects will be repaired accordingly. I have also invited MP Hugo Swire to take a look at the road with me so that he can relay to the Department for Transport the kinds of problems we are facing on our 8,000-mile road network.

“We have suffered from the wettest winter on record and the flooding we have experienced has played havoc with our highway network. We have responded by increasing our pothole repair teams from 13 to 34.”

The extra 52 staff will tackle the problem at an approximate cost of £65,000 a week. But with more than 11,500 potholes reported by the public and found by highway inspectors in 2014 alone, the need for action is as strong as ever.

Cllr Hughes added: “We are also awaiting a response on our application for additional funding to deal with severe damage caused by the winter weather.”

Devon’s 8,000-mile highway network, the biggest of any authority in the country, needs around £64million of investment a year to maintain its current condition.

The council will receive £35million for its capital highways budget from Government for the next financial year.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Paul Walker.

Land earmarked for housing could be used instead for education if Sidmouth Primary School’s aim to expand is included in East Devon’s development blueprint.

Read more
Straitgate quarry plans aerial view

Ottery’s community has united in opposition to a proposed 100-acre quarry that has been slammed as ‘shocking’ and ‘detrimental to the town’.

Read more
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Sidmouth Lifeboat's new tractor

The vital role of launching and recovering Sidmouth Lifeboat can continue with renewed vigour after the arrival of the crew’s new tractor.

Read more
Friday, July 3, 2015
Baby Beaver.
Tom Buckley/Devon Wildlife Trust

Residents eager to find out more about the first baby beavers born on the River Otter are invited to attend a public meeting.

Read more
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7712-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

A £500,000 budget has been proposed for the district council to provide dedicated gypsy sites across East Devon.

Read more
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Alan Durrant, chairman of Sid Vale Association, presents Dr Duncan Hall of the Beacon Medical Centre with a donation towards the planting of trees and shrubs around the grounds. Ref shs 9545-25-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Sidmouth’s multimillion-pound medical centre has received a boost to its £16,000 project to improve the look of its car park.

Read more
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Wood(bury) Stock 2015. Doctors Orders. Photo: Neil Ewins.

A successful blues, roots and folk music festival took place recently at Woodbury’s Malsters Arms.

Read more
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Branscombe Preschool achieved an 'outstanding' result from their latest Ofsted inspection. Ref shb 9478-25-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Ofsted has give staff at Branscombe Pre-school top marks for their “innovative and exciting programme” after their latest inspection.

Read more
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Devon County Council is planning to close Green Close Care Home to cut costs

Sidmouth’s Green Close is being offered for tender and could reopen as a care home, offer other social care – or be converted into housing.

Read more
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7712-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

The welfare of an endangered bat population at East Devon District Council’s Knowle site could be in jeopardy if planned building works go ahead, say worried residents.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition



Devon's trusted business finder