Battle to keep pace with the potholes menace

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East Sussex has seen a big increase in potholes following the recent severe weather that hit the county over Christmas and the New Year.

The heavy rain has contributed to road repair problems with more than 500 potholes reported to the County Council since Christmas Eve.

However, council road bosses say they are doing all they can to tackle the big potholes and programme in the less severe problems into their busy work schedule.

“Over the last two years, we’ve resurfaced more than 200km or 124 miles of roads in East Sussex,” said Cllr Carl Maynard, Lead Member for Transport and Environment. “That’s equivalent to resurfacing a road all the way from Lewes to Bristol.

“This year alone we’ve spent £19.5m on road resurfacing. But even with this level of investment we will still get additional problems occurring when severe weather hits us.

“We’re sending extra work gangs out to repair the most serious potholes as soon as they are reported. We have to prioritise our work – so the largest holes on the busiest routes will be at the top of our list.”

You can report a pothole or any other fault on the council’s website at: www.eastsussex.gov.uk/contactus/reportaproblem or by phone on 0345 60 80 193.

Meanwhile rural business watchdog the CLA is urging motorists to be vigilant on the roads. It is reminding drivers, especially those travelling in rural areas, to watch out for potholes in order to avoid a hefty repair bill. CLA South East Director Robin Edwards said: “As soon as the first cold weather hits the UK every year, there is a spike in the number of people either reporting potholes they’ve seen or claiming compensation because they’ve damaged their car on poor roads.

“The only way to avoid damaging your car is to be on the lookout.”