Potholed Plymouth road 'not in schedule for new surface'
POTHOLE Pete is riding to the rescue of a Keyham chef fed up with the state of the road outside his home.
Christopher Whyte hopes the pint-sized hero will shame the city council into taking action where his phone calls and emails have failed.
Christopher, 27, told The Herald he had left messages for his local councillor and been contacting the council direct for nearly a year about the state of Beatrice Avenue.
"Back in April, part of the road was marked down for re-surfacing, but nothing has been done," he said.
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"We get a lot of delivery lorries to a local shop, and the last couple of winters have taken their toll.
"Some of the worst bits are right outside my house.
"The council says it has referred the matter to its maintenance department, but the whole road is in a state and will cost more to repair than if it had been done sooner."
A council spokeswoman told The Herald: "We've had three reports of defects on Beatrice Avenue since September.
"Each time, an inspector has visited the site and repairs have been carried out within 24 hours where defects meet intervention levels.
"Beatrice Avenue is not currently scheduled for resurfacing.
"The decision to resurface a road is based on strict criteria such as road user safety, number of potholes, degree of cracking, ride quality (bumpiness), needs of local businesses, amenities, schools and public transport.
"We have to prioritise resources to ensure the areas in most need are tackled first."
She added: "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 by either emailing email@example.com, using the reporting form on the council's website or calling on 668000.
"We would also encourage people to visit the website www.plymouth.gov.uk and download the pothole fact-sheet for further detailed information."