Pothole Pete on case of the £300 wheel bill
POTHOLE Pete has been set to work once again surveying the city's streets.
The road campaigner was this time called to a troublesome sunken drain next to a slip-road off the A38, close to Marsh Mills roundabout.
Paul Martin reported the problem saying he was forced to pay out £300 for a new wheel to replace one which "cracked" from impact with the sunken manhole cover.
His car hit the offending object just before branching on to Plymouth Road towards Plympton.
BRAND NEW FORD B-MAX ZETEC 1.0 ECOBOOST FOR ONLY £7685*View details
DRIVE AWAY A BRAND NEW FORD B-MAX ZETEC FOR ONLY £7685.
1.0 100PS Manual
Electric Windows & Mirrors
Quickclear Heated Windscreen
15" Alloy Wheels
Bluetooth with Ford Sync
*Drive away from only £7685 and then pay nothing for 24 months!
Contact: 01626 240583
Valid until: Sunday, June 30 2013
"This sunken drain has been there for ages," said the X-Type Jaguar driver from Beacon Park.
"I normally avoid it but a huge lorry was driving by and squeezed me on to it," he said.
"I couldn't avoid it and it's cracked my wheel," he said. "I've had to pay out £300 for a new one."
He said he'd been told to write to Plymouth City Council's Risk Management Team which he had done.
A spokesman for Plymouth City Council said they had not received any recent reports of a sunken drain in that area but they would now arrange for an inspection to take place.
"We have received a letter regarding damage to a car and will be investigating," she said.
"We rely on the public to report any defects directly to Plymouth Transport and Highways, as the information they provide actively helps us maintain the hundreds of miles of road we are responsible for. The public is our eyes and ears so we'd urge you to report any issues, potholes or other highways problems to us."
She said the public could either email email@example.com, using the reporting form on the council's website or call on 668000.
"We would also encourage people to visit the website www.plymouth.gov.uk and download the pothole factsheet for further detailed information," she added.
If you have a pothole or drain you think Pete should see, email firstname.lastname@example.org.