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£1.4m to tackle pothole menace

Potholes in Hailsham

Potholes in Hailsham

Lewes MP Norman Baker has welcomed the latest tranche of money being made available by the government to tackle potholes.

East Sussex will receive £1,443,474 towards covering the costs of pothole and surface repairs across the region and could fund 27,000 pothole repairs across the county.

Some £168 million of funding is being made available to 148 councils across the country to help fix three million potholes by March 2015.

This is in addition to £183 million funding announced in March of this year to repair roads damaged by the winter severe weather, of which East Sussex was allocated £2,645,187.

Potholes are a blight that can damage cars, cause accidents and disrupt journeys and the coalition government is taking the issue very seriously, said the Lib Dem MP.

Mr Baker said: “This is a significant amount of money being made available to East Sussex and I hope to see proper long term repairs being made to the road network not a patchwork of quick fix measures that fall apart within weeks.

“With this substantial investment, the county council now has no excuse for its roads in future.”

Meanwhile Greg Barker, Conservative MP for Bexhill and Battle, said: “This is great news for everybody who uses the roads in my constituency.

“More than £1.4 million of new funding will go a long way to dealing with the menace of potholes and ridding them from our roads.”

 

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