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Blue badge holder puts pothole on eBay

Paul Webb in front of his computer

A disabled driver fed up with the state of his local roads has put a pothole up for sale through eBay in protest.

Paul Webb, 71, from South Molton, said he wanted to “think outside the box” to put pressure on Devon County Council to cover up the gaping holes near his home.

Of course, the stunt was done in jest but it highlighted the important issue causing havoc to drivers, especially blue badge holders.

Webb told GB News: “Someone will lose their life to this if things aren't improved.

“It's the worst condition I've seen them in and I've lived here all my life.”

The granddad, who lives with back pain, is urging the council to make a promise to make “blemish-free” roads similar to the ones around nearby Cornwall.

He added: “Everybody is suffering. I lost two tyres to potholes on my Range Rover - imagine what it's like for people with normal cars.

“Nobody seems to give a toss.”

The pothole went on sale for £10, although despite attracting over 500 views nobody made a bid, but that was the intention.

As time went by Webb took down the post eight hours before the allotted time was up on eBay just in case someone did make an offer.

A Devon County Council spokesperson said: “Road maintenance investment is a national issue.

“The backlog of carriageway repairs in England and Wales has reached £14.02billion, and in Devon it is over £200 million.

“The Government's additional £9.4million announced at the Spring Budget to help tackle this has been very welcome.

“But given that inflation remains high, severe weather events are more frequent and that Devon has 8,000 miles of roads, the largest network in England, this only partially addresses the sheer scale of the challenge we face.

“Nevertheless, our Highways and Traffic Management Service has continued to focus on reviewing and improving current working practices to increase efficiency and reduce disruption, something the National Highway and Transport Network (NHT) recognises.

“Their recent benchmarking data shows us to be an efficient highways authority which strives to squeeze the maximum from our limited resources.

“We are investing £66 million in highways and bridge maintenance in 2023/24, this includes the additional £9.4million from Government and a further £500,000 from our own efficiency savings.”

[ A grilled cheese sandwich with the face of Virgin Mary was sold on eBay for $28,000 in 2004. ]

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