Devon’s ‘pothole king’

Laura White
Laura White

A retired builder and Tory councillor -turned “pothole vigilante” has completed his 200th pothole repair. Since 2015, Reg Winsor has repaired at least one pothole every week meeting all current standards.

Back in 2014, the pensioner got so fed up waiting for a huge pothole on his street to be repaired that he took matters into his own hands. Council road workers were so impressed by his handiwork they offered him a full-time position and he mustered a team of around 50 volunteers, dubbed Reg’s Army, to help him fix holes as they are reported. Since then, Reg, who represents Buckland and Milber on Teignbridge District Council, has been taking action to repair potholes himself. He has been hailed as the ‘pothole king of Newton Abbot’ by fellow councillor Phil Bullivant. Reg said: “I set out to sort out local problems as soon as they occurred – saving time and money as I believe that actions, not words, works best for my constituents”

He previously had said: “I get 10 or 20 complaint cases each week. A lady down the road called the other day after she was told it would take between 5 and 15 days to fix the pothole. I called the county council and said ‘Councillor Winsor here I will be doing it Friday morning’ and it gets done straight away.”

His achievement comes as it has been revealed that there are nearly 5,000 potholes across Devon waiting to be fixed.

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