Getting the community involved to tackle potholes using UltraCrete

With highway maintenance budgets reducing, Devon County Council has turned to its local community to help in the fight against potholes.

The Community Road Warden Scheme has been recently established allowing the public to carry out a number of highway repairs on minor roads. There are around 60 volunteers that have undergone free training organised by the council to ensure they can work safely. These volunteers have been provided with UltraCrete’s Permanent Pothole Repair Wet, cold lay asphalt to carry out the repairs along with the appropriate tools.

UltraCrete’s Technical Field Support Manager Nick Holmes has carried out the training, to ensure correct preparation and application methods are used which will facilitate a safe, lasting repair until such time resurfacing can take place.

“We’ve all been shown how to carry out the repairs with the material and it seems to be a quick and easy way to deal with smaller potholes on minor roads before they develop into safety defects which the County Council has to repair.” Cllr Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet member for highway management

Rory Ashcroft of UltraCrete says “we are delighted to be involved in this scheme.  Budgets are tight and councils need to look for innovation and cost saving solutions which do not jeopardise the quality of the repair.  Devon County Council has found our Permanent Pothole Wet a perfect material for carrying out quick repairs and we have been happy to support the Community Wardens by supplying free on site training”.

UltraCrete’s Permanent Pothole Repair Wet is suitable for repairs in roads, driveways and car parks and is instantly trafficable, keeping downtime to a minimum. It can be used in all weathers too and comes in a handy 25kg resealable tub, great for sites with limited access.

“I think it will be a good scheme once we really get going. The idea has gone down very well and the material is good.” Barry Thrussell, Community Road Warden for Clyst Hydon.

Repair of larger potholes that meet the safety defect criteria and other safety defect repairs on the highway will continue to be carried out by Devon County Council.

UltraCrete offers a range of HAPAS approved first time patching materials for high performance planned and reactive repairs for further information, call 01827 254402 or email