Campaign seeks out more Plymouth potholes
ROAD campaigner Pothole Pete is back on the road by popular demand.
The capped crusader's absence left such a hole in readers' lives that The Herald has called him out of retirement.
Keen to get back to work, Pete has already come to the aid of angry Whitleigh resident Oliver Harder.
Oliver, aged 26, who described the road surface at the junction of Budshead Road and Taunton Avenue as "disgusting".
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He said: "Since 2009 I have repeatedly had to have my car wheels realigned and I am blaming this on the state of Budshead Road. Potholes are poorly filled every now and again. There are waves of tarmac all over this road including large patches of tarmac that look like they have just been ripped off the road resulting in very uneven and unsafe driving conditions.
"I have spoken to the highways department at Plymouth City Council and was advised to fill in a pothole report, but I think the whole road should be resurfaced. The surface on this strip of road is disgusting."
Following Pete's site visit, Plymouth City Council said an inspection of Budshead Road would be carried out yesterday.
A Plymouth Transport and Highways spokeswoman said: "Any defects found to be a safety hazard will have a temporary repair carried out within 24 hours to make the road safe until a permanent repair can take place.
"We can confirm that parts of Budshead Road have already been earmarked for resurfacing and added to our programme of works."
She said the council decides when to resurface based on criteria such as safety, number of potholes, degree of cracking and bumpiness, needs of local businesses, amenities, schools and public transport.
She added: "The public is our eyes and ears so we'd urge you to report any issues, potholes or other highways problems."
Around 14,000 potholes were filled in last year in Plymouth as part of the Operation Upgrade scheme.
Despite ongoing work to tackle the worst affected roads, The Herald readers continue to call in Pothole Pete to stretches yet to be fixed.
Report any potholes or other highways problems to firstname.lastname@example.org, use the reporting form at www.plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 668000.
And don't forget to tell Pothole Pete by ringing The Herald newsdesk on 01752 765529.
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