Road beset with ‘swimming pool’ potholes needs to be fixed, fumes Honiton mayor

Honiton mayor Cllr John Zarczynski.

Honiton mayor Cllr John Zarczynski. - Credit: Archant

Council workers have been criticised for failing to resurface a Honiton road riddled with potholes - despite carrying out resurfacing works on an adjoining street earlier this year.

Honiton mayor Councillor John Zarczynski said he has been appealing to county bosses for more than two years for Littletown Road to be resurfaced.

He told the Herald the road is littered with ‘swimming pool’ craters, which pose a danger to cyclists and motorcyclists.

Lower Brand Lane, which links up with Littletown Road, was repaired in January this year after Mr Zarczynski embarked on a tireless campaign for it to be patched up.

But he has now bemoaned the council for not fixing up Littletown Road at the same time.

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Mr Zarczysnki said: “The state of Littletown Road was reported at the same time as Lower Brand Lane - they had the equipment there. All they had to do was go around the corner and fill up these swimming pools.

“These potholes in Littletown Road are big and they are dangerous. There is a stretch of that road which has been absolutely disgraceful for the last two years.

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“It has got worse and worse. If the council wanted to be cost-effective, they could have used the equipment to patch up that section of Littletown Road.

“It looks like it has been smashed up - it’s disgusting.”

Devon County Council recently announced it would be receiving a £4.4 million Government cash injection for pothole and storm damage repairs to the county’s highways network.

The funding for Devon is share of the Department for Transport’s £100million nationwide programme for repairs.

Mr Zarczynski said the council should repair roads on a needs-first basis instead of sticking to a scheduled pothole repair programme. He added: “What do they want me to do, grab a shovel and fix it myself?

“They are being paid to do a job and should prioritise the most dangerous roads first.

“Then they can play around with their road scheduling.”

A Devon County Council spokesman said: “Littletown Road is programmed to be resurfaced this financial year, subject to available resources.”

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