Worthing councillors reignite their war on potholes: ‘We’re declaring war on dodgy roads’

Two Worthing councillors have reignited their long-running war on the town’s crumbling roads.

Liberal Democrats Bob Smytherman and Martin McCabe, who represent Tarring on Worthing Borough Council, ran a campaign against the potholes of West Worthing earlier this year, when wet weather brought disarray to the area’s highways.

Now, the pair have sprung back into action, incensed by a perceived lack of progress during lockdown.

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Martin said: “We’re declaring war on dodgy roads in Worthing.

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“We see missed opportunities with all these potholes. Why weren’t they filled during lockdown? Residents are furious.

“Ringmer Road is still littered with crater-sized potholes. The resurfacing just hasn’t been good enough. Taxpayers’ money is being wasted. But the council aren’t listening.

“Bob and I are redoubling our efforts and reporting as many potholes as we can. We urge everyone to do the same. We want the council to get a grip and get this sorted.”

A council spokesman said: “The Government steer to the construction sector during lockdown was ‘business as usual’, with added COVID-19 safety guidance, so maintenance work continued on West Sussex’s highways.

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“In the first three months after a new contract started on April 1, and despite the extra challenges COVID-19 presents, our contractor carried out more than 9,100 pothole/carriageway defect repairs and emergency jobs in West Sussex.

“If residents are concerned about a pothole, the best way to report this is via our online reporting tool – go to our website at www.westsussex.gov.uk and search for “report a pothole”. Our highways officers will then investigate and update the resident via this online route.”