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PHOTOS: This is one way to fill a Cornish pothole!

PHOTOS: This is one way to fill a Cornish pothole!

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 9:41am 3rd April 2018. (Updated at 10:06am 3rd April 2018)

Photos have emerged of potholes being filled in Cornwall, but not with tarmac.

This is Chenalls Road near St Erth where locals have planted foliage in one of the craters.

The number being reported has risen in recent weeks after all the snow and Storm Emma took their toll.

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Pirate FM told you how the government is pumping an extra £2.5 million into fixing roads in the Duchy.

The cash announcement came just days after a report into the length of south-west roads that need repairs.

Worryingly, it found that, stacked up, the distance is the same as driving from Truro to Toronto.

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That sparked calls for more money and a warning from the RAC that roads like the A30 and A38 are not the biggest problem.

Spokesperson Rod Dennis said: "As soon as you come off those roads and you're on more local roads that are run by our councils, that's where the problem's really growing.

"The recent bad weather we've had - the snow the ice and the wet weather - all of this is actually compounding the problem and putting our local roads in the region in a very poor state indeed.

"At best, it makes for very uncomfortable journeys when you're sort of jolting about on these potholed roads.

"At the very worst end, it can actually lead to a significant amount of damage to vehicles. To be honest, on two wheels if you go over a pothole at speed, that can actually be genuinely life-threatening".

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After the first round of snow, Cornwall Council said they expected the full extent of damage to be revealed in coming weeks.

The authority has an interactive map on its website which lets you report potholes across the Duchy.

Currently, officials are dealing with between 200 and 300 from Penzance to Bude.

You can check those reported on routes near you and read how to report a new pothole here.

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