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Councillor blames Devon's potholes on lack of funding

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The man in charge of roads in Devon has told ITV News there's little that he can do to clear the backlog of repairs to hundreds of potholed roads across the county.

Tory councillor Stuart Hughes says he needs an extra £17 million pounds a year from the Government just to keep the roads in their current condition.

Watch Ian Axton question him over the state of the county's roads:

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Is this the most potholed road in the West Country?

Drift Lane near Sheldon in Devon Credit: Anne Plumridge

This photograph was sent in by one of our viewers in the hope that, by publishing it, some action might be taken.

This is the lane we have to travel every day from our home, it is like this all the way along this stretch of the lane.

The ditches need clearing so the water can drain away but nothing get done.The holes are so deep that my Mini scrapes the bottom and there are too many to avoid them.

Several residents have complained to Devon Council but to no avail.

– Anne Plumridge

We are contacting Devon County Council about Drift Lane but we want to know if you know any other examples.

This is among the worse condition roads we've seen but perhaps you know different.

Send your pictures and comments to westcountry@itv.com. Don't forget to say where the offending route is. You can also post on our Facebook page.

Wiltshire foots the larges bill for potholes

Potholes cost Wiltshire £120,000 last year Credit: ITV West

According to the RAC, £190,000 was paid out in compensation for damage caused by potholes in the West Country last year.

They say over five hundred motorists made successful claims.

Wiltshire saw the biggest number with 433 claimants, costing the authority more than a £120,000.

We'd like to see more money being put into the road network by central government. This is a vital part of our infrastructure and we need to look after it. After the war there were two million cars on the road, now there are nine million cars. Road capacity hasn't increased anything like that. We need to recognise how busy our roads are and we need to fund them properly.

– Philip Gomm, RAC Spokesperson

Millions to be poured into potholes

The never-ending task of tackling potholes Credit: ITV News

£847m will be spent repairing the South West's local roads and their potholes over the next six years.

That's according to the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, who is making the announcement today. The money would be enough to mend 2.7m potholes across the region.

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Millions to be poured into potholes

Tackling potholes in Devon Credit: ITV News

£847m will be spent repairing the South West's local roads and their potholes over the next six years.

That's according to the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, who is making the announcement today. The money would be enough to mend 2.7m potholes across the region.

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