Pothole Pete is on the beat - but council workers beat him to damaged Plymouth street
POTHOLE Pete was called into action to examine a crater-strewn road – but for once our mascot was left twiddling his thumbs as the council beat him to the punch.
Our trusty campaigner sprang into action and headed off to examine the street surface at the junction of Paradise Road and Kings Road in Devonport.
But the council's contractor Amey must have got the message, because within 24 hours the road had been examined and a few days later workmen started patching up the cracked concrete.
Eleanor Davidson, who lives in Fitzroy Terrace, had brought the problem to The Herald's attention.
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She said: "I went down there and I thought 'My goodness, they have got there quick.'"
She says the problem developed over several weeks.
"It started out as evenly-spaced potholes from where tyres generally wear the road, but it became little tracks leading up to the potholes," she added.
"When you swung round the corner from Kings Street and right into Paradise Road it was like a slalem course; you would have to try to avoid the holes and your car would skid.
"I am pleased and relieved to see they got it repaired.
"They are doing well. But there are some areas that still need doing. In Valletort Road the holes are getting hard to avoid. Sometimes the repairs are done but the road just cracks again, so it can be a waste of money."
A spokeswoman for Amey said: "A pothole at the junction of Paradise Road and Kings Road was reported to our Watchman team on Thursday, March 7.
"We inspected the site within 24 hours and on Monday, March 11 resurfaced a small area of the road as a permanent repair to prevent further deterioration.
"The quickest and most direct way to report potholes and road defects is to email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01752 668000 or fill in the reporting form at www.plymouth.gov.uk"