Honiton road with potholes 'deep enough to plant spuds in' to be resurfaced

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 January 2018

Honiton mayor Cllr John Zarczynski has slammed the condition of Lower Brand Road as 'disgusting' and 'dangerous'.

Honiton mayor Cllr John Zarczynski has slammed the condition of Lower Brand Road as 'disgusting' and 'dangerous'.

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Cllr John Zarczynski previously slammed the condition of Lower Brand Lane as 'unacceptable' and 'dangerous' when he called for action in July last year.

A Honiton road beset with monster potholes is finally going to be resurfaced - six months after the issue was flagged by the town’s mayor.

Cllr John Zarczynski previously slammed the condition of Lower Brand Lane as ‘unacceptable’ and ‘dangerous’ when he called for action in July last year.

Speaking at the time, Mr Zarczynski said the potholes were so deep, people could grow ‘spuds’ in them.

He said: “It is beyond a joke - Lower Brand Lane is absolutely covered in potholes.

“It is becoming a hazard, especially to motorcyclists and scooter drivers.

“It is just ridiculous.”

Since raising the issue, Mr Zarczynski has been continuously campaigning for the road to be closed and resurfaced.

Now, six months on, Devon County Council has confirmed it will be closing Lower Brand Lane on Monday, January 29 for a maximum of five days so it can carry out patching works.

Mr Zarczynski said: “I am pleased to see after months of campaigning, Lower Brand Lane is finally going to be resurfaced - albeit patched up to start with.

“This is a step in the right direction in getting this road safer for public use.”

Mr Zarczynski said since originally flagging the issues with the road, the potholes have grown in size - and more have appeared.

He added: “It has got to the stage where the road was a total danger to the public.

“What was even more annoying is that roads with lesser needs were being resurfaced while the main danger road was left this long until something was finally done about it.”

As previously reported by the Herald, several roads will have pothole repair works carried out before April under a £3million Devon County Council scheme .

The roads in the Honiton St Michaels Ward are: Butlakes Lane, the road past Tricombe Farm, the lane past Buckhouse Farm, the road from Gatcombe Ash to White Gate, the road past Farwood House, the road from Southleigh Hill Cross to Coachroad Plantation, the lane past Stout Farm and the lane from Middlehill Farm to Blannicombe Farm.

The roads in Honiton St Paul’s ward are the lane past Merrydown Cottage, the lane past Littletown Farm and the road from Haskins Cross to Broadleaze Cross.

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