Proposals to combat potholes on Devon’s roads drawn up as council allocates funding to improve rural roads in North Devon and Torridge.

North Devon and Torridge will receive more than half-a-million-pounds to repair potholes.

The funding has been announced as proposals for Devon County Council’s £1.9million Pothole Action Fund programme are drawn up.

The money has been awarded from the government, with North Devon receiving more than £200,000 and Torridge more than £300,000.

This includes £127,500 for DCC wards covering the Bideford area, nearly £100,000 for Holsworthy and £68,000 for the Barnstaple area.

Every county council ward will receive at least £14,500 for repairs to ensure minor roads are fixed right across the country.

Local DCC members are being invited to discuss repair site proposals with highways officers and will have the opportunity to propose alternative schemes within the allocated budget.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC cabinet member for highway management, said: “While the additional money from the Pothole Action Fund is welcome it won’t stretch as far as we would like.

“However, it’s an opportunity to address some parts of the lower category road network.

“The shortfall in funding from central Government for our roads means that minor, rural roads are continuing to deteriorate.

“We are ensuring that this funding is used as efficiently as possible right across the county to patch up as many potholes as we possibly can.”

The finalised programme will be agreed later this year and work will be completed during this financial year.

A list of the funding allocated to each area in North Devon and Torridge can be found below.

Pothole funding allocated in North Devon

Barnstaple North - £15,567

Barnstaple South - £15,041

Braunton Rural - £24,752

Chulmleigh and Swimbridge - £31,472

Combe Martin Rural £32,331

Fremington Rural - £16,238

Ilfracombe - £15,116

South Molton Rural - £55,793

Pothole funding allocated in Torridge

Bideford East - £34,658

Bideford South and Hartland - £92,932

Holsworthy Rural - £99,979

Northam - £18,077

Torrington Rural - £69,117

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