Council cash for Exmouth’s potholes

Pothole misery in Exmouth could be at an end thanks to a county council cash injection to foot repairs.

Some 51 of the town’s roads are to be repaired thanks to a �605,000 grant from Devon County Council (DCC) as part of a government handout.

The county council said the repairs aimed to protect Exmouth’s road against further damage during cold snaps.

Roads in Brixington, Withycombe and Littleham are among the scores across the town earmarked for repair.

The council said the work would be completed by the end of March 2012.

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Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: “This additional funding has allowed us to take a thorough look at all of our roads, to target where it’s most needed, and people right across Devon will benefit from this.

“It has been impossible to keep pace with the damage caused to Devon’s highway network over the past three winters, so this grant is helping us carry out more repairs than we could have hoped to achieve - but it won’t solve all of the problems on our roads.

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“Our priority is to keep the A and B roads in good condition because they carry the most traffic and are most important to the local economy, but we have also ensured that local knowledge from local members has been taken into account to draw together this extensive programme of work.”

A county council spokesman said: “The Department for Transport grant is being used for permanent repairs rather than pothole filling.

“Schemes have been selected where structural patching or resurfacing will ensure that roads will be more resilient to potholes forming again.

“The work focuses on the busiest routes across Devon, and roads in towns where five or more potholes on a 100 metre stretch of road have been repaired in the previous 12 months.”

The cash grant came as a result of the county council highways teams conducting an ‘extensive assessment’ of the potholes and structural damage of its road network.

As a result DCC identified urgent repairs totalling �14million, which the council says it will carry out this year.

The survey looked at all 29 of Devon’s market towns, a further 13 towns and parishes, and all of the county’s winter pre-salting routes.

Local county councillors were also consulted in identifying roads most at need.

See Thursday’s Journal for a full list of Exmouth’s roads to benefit from pothole repairs.

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