Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

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

Yesterday, 16:58
Greater horseshoe bats

Appeal reached 80 per cent of £26,000 target in just one month - but more support needed

Read more
Yesterday, 11:40
Macmillan volunteers at a street collection in Sidmouth on Saturday.

Fundraisers who have netted £175,000 for a charity in 15 years are ‘desperately’ appealing for volunteers to keep campaigning.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:03
Red Arrows at Sidmouth 2016. Ref shs 34-16TI 6349. Picture: Terry Ife

The Red Arrows put on a fantastic display at Sidmouth to a bumper crowd on Friday evening, the weather was just perfect for such an event.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:35
The Sidmouth whicker donkey

A mystery over Sidmouth Bowling Club’s missing ‘lucky’ wicker donkey has been solved - after it was revealed the mascot has taken a holiday.

Read more
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Sidmouth Town Band performed The Last Night of The Proms at Connaight Gardens. Picture: Kyle Baker

An acclaimed broadcaster could think of ‘nothing better’ when Sidmouth Town Band (STB) asked him to compére its Last Night of the Proms concert on Saturday.

Read more
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Walkers set off for their final trek of the Sidmouth Walking Festival in 2014. Ref shs 6125-40-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Ramblers can travel the length of East Devon when a popular walking festival returns next month.

Read more
Friday, August 26, 2016

There will be winners and losers after district chiefs revealed that all sports clubs will be charged on a level playing field for their facilities.

Read more
Friday, August 26, 2016

A handbag was stolen after thieves smashed the rear window of a vehicle parked on a Sidmouth car park.

Read more
Friday, August 26, 2016
Ollie holding his cards next to his mum Karen.

When single mum Karen Jones discovered her autistic son making himself birthday cards because he has no friends, she set upon a crusade – appealing to strangers to make his special day one to remember.

Read more
Friday, August 26, 2016
Guy Russell took this shot moments after the latest cliff fall happened.

These pictures shows the moments after another cliff fall on Sidmouth’s east beach, which have been described by one eyewitness as ‘the biggest one yet.’

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 15°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

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

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications