Cash used to plug potholes in East Sussex

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EAST Sussex County Council was awarded £2.6m to help tackle potholes on the county’s roads.

It comes after the Government announced it was doubling the cash available to deal with the problem.

The Department for Transport had already announced £100m for councils earlier in the year – that was increased to £200m in last week’s budget.

Lead cabinet member for transport and environment cllr Matthew Lock said: “We welcome any extra investment

in road maintenance and this funding is timely given the severe weather we experienced before Christmas.

“We’re making good progress but this work does take time, and we’re grateful for drivers bearing with us while repairs are carried out.”

This winter the council dealt with around 20,000 potholes across the road network caused by the exceptionally cold weather at the end of last year.

It doubled the number of teams working on the roads and introduced a ‘find them and fix them’ approach.

This meant highways teams made temporary repairs to as many potholes as they could in one area, in one visit, instead of waiting for them to be reported.

The extra money will be used to follow this up with some more permanent repairs.

Last year the council agreed to a proactive two year programme of resurfacing work on the county’s road network. This £23m programme of works began in April 2010, leading to resurfaced roads being largely free of potholes.

The council is working closely with utility companies and developers to plan roadworks and keep disruption to a minimum.

To report a pothole, or any other problem with the road, call the highways office on 0345 60 80 193, email highways@eastsussex.gov.uk or use the ‘report a problem’ page at www.eastsussex.gov.uk.