Cllr Eleanor Rylance

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Potholes (groan)

by cllreleanorrylance on 27 April, 2018

I’ve think we’ve all got a bit of thing about potholes. We’ve all had the experience of driving across a patch of what looks like water, only to discover too late that a crater has opened up in the night and you’ve just dented your wheel rims -or worse! I recently came across a person by the side of the road who’d punctured two tyres at once driving unwittingly though one such pothole.

I used to recommend to everyone I met- I’ve used it for years and it’s a really simple way of passing on a problem and making sure it gets to the right team- highways, green space management, police etc… Fix my Street has a handy and easy to use app, and  However, Devon County Council has now withdrawn from FixMyStreet and are using their own online reporting tool.  In my view it’s not as easy to use as fix my street was, and if there’s an app for the phone I haven’t found it yet, but I would urge anyone who spots a pothole to use the online reporting tool at Devon County (link below) as the contractor has to come out to inspect a reported pothole, whether it meets their new criteria for being fixed or not. Many eyes make light work, and unfortunately thanks to budget cuts, highways are having to run to a very tight budget.

So what to do if you spot a pothole?  Click on this link and follow the instructions. If you find you can’t work out how to do it, or don’t have the right sort of phone or computer, please drop me a message- I’ll come and take a photo and report it.

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