'Lethal' pothole on Trevenson Road, Newquay is repaired by council
A "LETHAL" pothole has been repaired on a main road outside a Newquay school after a motorcyclist was almost thrown from his bike.
Cornwall Council's highways engineers were quick to fill in the deep crack in Trevenson Road, near Newquay Tretherras Academy, last Tuesday.
Just the day before a nearby resident told the Cornish Guardian he had witnessed a biker narrowly avoid a serious accident.
The man, who asked not to be named, said: "He got his front wheel stuck in the pothole and came close to losing control. Holes like that are absolutely lethal for motorcyclists. The council needs to do something about it."
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A spokeswoman for Cornwall Council said they had been made aware of the pothole and filled it in within 24 hours.
She said poor weather last year had taken its toll and had come at a bad time as the authority continued to struggle with budget cuts.
But she stressed that the council always acted on reports of dangerous defects on the county's roads.
"Once we become aware of potholes then we will aim to repair them within our target response times, which depend on the location and classification of the road and the scale of the defect," she said.
"The council maintains more than 4,500 miles of road across Cornwall and between April and December 2012 repaired more than 6,000 potholes. However, these are challenging times for local authorities, with a substantial cut in government funding already placing pressure on our budget. This has not been helped by the poor weather throughout 2012. Our priority is to repair potholes which we believe pose a risk to public safety."
Cornwall councillor Pat Lambshead said he was impressed with the speedy reaction.
People are asked to report potholes and any other highways issues to the council through the website, www.cornwall.gov.uk the 'report it' function of its Facebook page or on 0300 1234222.