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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:


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 Don't forget to say where the offending route is. You can also post on our Facebook page.

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.


Resurfacing work on Plymouth roads begins

Resurfacing work on Plymouth roads begins Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A major 12 week programme to resurface the roads in Plymouth is underway.

Work will be carried out on 37 roads in the city and will run until mid-September. It's all part of plans to repair areas worst hit by this year's winter storms.

It comes after Plymouth received just over £350,000 from the Government's pothole repair fund last week.

Cameron says pothole repair money is good deal

Thousands of potholes on Westcountry roads will be repaired thanks to £20 million of government funding.

County Councils across the region welcomed the money, but say it still isn't enough to carry out all the repairs needed.

Devon was one of the biggest winners - with nine million pounds allocated to repair its broken roads, many of which were left badly damaged by the winter weather.

Cornwall will receive half that amount - it's to get 4.3 million.

Somerset gets 3.8 million pounds, and Dorset will receive a total of 3 million.

Prime Minister David Cameron told us the extra money represented a good deal for the west country. Richard Lawrence reports.

Nine million pounds to fix Devon's roads

172,000 potholes could be fixed across the county Credit: ITV News West Country

Devon is line to get more than £9 million pounds of funding to fix its damaged roads.

The county has struggled with large numbers of potholes caused by the extreme winter weather.

It's part of a government allocation of £168 million pounds to fix more than three million potholes nationally.

This is exactly what the county will receive Credit: Department for Transport

Cornwall will also get its share of the cash. More than four million will be spent in Cornwall to fix around 81,000 potholes.

This is exactly what the county will receive Credit: Department for Transport
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