Devon

Torbay council to pay £200k to prevent potholes

More than 30 of Devon's roads will be resurfaced to reduce the risk of future potholes, according to Torbay Council.

The authority said the resurfacing work would cost about £200,000 and would start on 14 March.

Last month a BBC investigation revealed Torbay Council needed £30m to repair its roads.

The maintenance work is expected to last four weeks and roads in Torquay, Paignton and Brixham will be treated.

Cabinet Member for Community Services Dave Butt said: "The council is aware of the problems caused by potholes.

"It has targeted roads where preventative maintenance can still be carried out, rather than roads where more substantial works are required."

The council said the process would "prevent potholes".

The authority said residents in each road will be given advanced notice by the contractors.

A spokesperson from the authority told BBC News last month that potholes cost £100 each to fix, but preventative maintenance would cost £5 per square metre, which was 20 times cheaper.

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