Leyhill Far, Payhembury

Under the general requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would be grateful if you would provide the following information in relation to the road to Leyhill Far [unnamed road], Payhembury, and in particular the section between Leyhill Farm and Hillside (road).

Dates of all safety inspections undertaken on the carriageway in the past two years.

Details of all carriageway defects identified during safety inspections in the past two years.

Records of the inspections and the identified defect can be seen via the link below:

Inspection reports

Details of all complaints and/or enquiries relating to the carriageway, received in the past two years.

Records of complaints and enquiries can be seen via the link below:


Details of how carriageway safety inspections are undertaken, including whether walked or driven, the speed of the inspection vehicle and the number of persons in the vehicle.

The intended frequency of carriageway safety inspections.

The hierarchy classification.

The road/section number.

The defect intervention criteria adopted in relation to the identification of all categories of carriageway potholes (in other words, this means how they define a pothole as requiring attention).

The time period(s) adopted between identification and repair (temporary and permanent) of all categories of carriageway defects.

Whether or not the authority has formally adopted all or part of the standards contained within the national code of practice for highways maintenance management.

In response to all of the further questions, we can confirm that the Devon County Council highway safety manual is available online and can be found at:  Highway Safety Manual.

The manual sets out intended frequency of inspections and we can confirm that, with reference to the manual, this road is a Category 6 Local Distributor Road from Payhembury Cross to Markers Park which is inspected 6 monthly and a Category 9 Service Road, inspected annually, on the road past Leyhill Farm.  The respective road section numbers are C and W.

The manual also provides full details of inspections and the time for repairs of defects.  Inspections of carriageways are driven at a slow speed; the inspector is a passenger in the vehicle.