Road warden scheme rolls out across Devon after Sidmouth trial

PUBLISHED: 12:30 06 October 2016 | UPDATED: 21:18 12 October 2016

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Trained volunteers across Devon will be able to fill in minor road defects after a successful pilot project in Sidmouth and several other communities.

Cllr Stuart Hughes and members of the Sid Valley Cycling Club filled in pot holes in time for Tour of Britain visit. Robert Hayman and Stuart Huges get to work. Ref shs 35-16AW 4675. Picture: Alex Walton.Cllr Stuart Hughes and members of the Sid Valley Cycling Club filled in pot holes in time for Tour of Britain visit. Robert Hayman and Stuart Huges get to work. Ref shs 35-16AW 4675. Picture: Alex Walton.

Residents came forward to fill 200 potholes using Instarmac, a simple-to-use repair material, in a scheme aimed at saving the county council cash.

Other authorities across the country are reportedly considering following Devon’s lead, which its bosses hope will attract more highways funding in future.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon’s highways chief, said: As Sidmouth’s road warden I have personally found that the Instarmac material has worked extremely well and all of the wardens have found it easy to use.

“I’m pleased that we’ve have had chance to make sure the system is tried and tested and I’m sure other wardens across the county will now want to take up the opportunity to carry out similar work.

Ray Appleby prepares for a flight in a spitfire.Ray Appleby prepares for a flight in a spitfire.

“The scheme complements our highway maintenance service by providing flexible support which enables communities to deliver their own priority needs.”

Twenty parishes have now signed up as community road wardens, and 76 town and parish councils have a nominated representative who has undertaken training funded by Devon County Council.

Any community signed up to the road warden scheme can also take on minor work such as weed clearance, grass cutting, sign cleaning and small drainage work.

Safety defect repairs on the highway and the repair of larger potholes that meet the criteria will continue to be carried out by the council.


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