Call for work on ‘Pothole Pass’

PUBLISHED: 14:48 17 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:54 17 April 2013

Bryan Courtenay-Bishop pictured by a stretch of road in Payhembury which has been dubbed Pothole Pass by residents.

Bryan Courtenay-Bishop pictured by a stretch of road in Payhembury which has been dubbed Pothole Pass by residents.


Residents in Payhembury rename road following ongoing pothole problems.

Residents in Payhembury are being driven potty by potholes and have dubbed the road ‘Pothole Pass’.

Bryan Courtenay-Bishop, who has lived in the village for 25 years, says it has been an ongoing problem for residents.

A new sign was placed at the side of the road renaming it Pothole Pass. However, the identity of its creator remains a mystery.

The 66-year-old was faced with a repair bill of £700 after his front wheelrim and suspension was damaged after driving over one of the potholes about three weeks ago. He says other people have had their cars damaged as a result of the potholes.

“It has been getting worse,” says Mr Courtenay-Bishop. “People in the village are really annoyed - nothing is getting done about it. I want to see something done about it.”

He told the Herald that temporary repair work has been carried out but the wet and icy conditions often have meant they have been shortlived.

The road in question is used by a number of larger vehicles including articulated lorries and delivery trucks using it as a cut through to Cullompton and the M5.

Whilst speaking to Mr Courtenay-Bishop, a number of vehicles were seen to hit one of the potholes, while others had to carefully navigate the road to avoid hitting it.

He added: “It is a danger for cyclists and motorcyclists. The problem is not as bad as it was, but if they hit a pothole they would come off.”

A Devon County Council spokesman said: “We are aware of the problem and we are carrying out temporary repairs to the road to keep it in safe condition, while more permanent repairs are considered for our planned maintenance programme.

“Devon’s road network has sustained more than £12million of damage due to storm damage and flooding since July. Our highways teams are working hard to repair potholes and safety defects across the county’s 8,000-mile road network and they have already repaired more than 26,000 potholes so far this year.

“More than £2million has already been spent on emergency repair work on our highways in 2013.”

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