Resources increased to fix potholes in East Sussex

Potholes in Hailsham SUS-141103-154547001
Potholes in Hailsham SUS-141103-154547001

Council bosses have increased their resources to help tackle a menace that is plaguing the county’s roads once again.

Potholes have been appearing again across East Sussex after the recent bad weather and storms.

Express photographer Peter Cripps snapped some of the offending potholes on Hailsham’s roads on Tuesday (March 11).

And this week Hailsham Police contacted the county council via Twitter sending it photographs of potholes in the town.

Roads of concern were Battle Road, Hawthylands Crescent and George Street (pictured on page 1).

A spokeswoman for East Sussex County Council said the wet weather has taken its toll on the roads and it had increased its resources to fix more than 350 potholes per day.

Roger Williams, East Sussex County Council’s head of highways, said: “Water is a road’s worst enemy and we’ve seen our wettest winter since records began, which is inevitably going to take its toll.

“We have recently increased our resources to include 36 teams, who are currently repairing more than 350 potholes every day across the county.

“Our highways stewards regularly check roads around the county, but with more than 2,000 miles of roads to manage and maintain we are grateful to members of the public who report damage when they see it.

“Every report we receive is acted upon as quickly as possible, but we don’t have unlimited resources so we have to prioritise the repairs we carry out to ensure we fix the worst potholes first.

“ We will repair the deepest potholes – those more than 100mm deep – within two hours and the shallowest within 28 days.

“We would ask anyone who spots a pothole to report it to us online at, via our Twitter feed @esccroads or by calling our contact centre on 0345 60 80 193.”

Last year, our sister paper, the Eastbourne Herald, reported how a resident became so fed up with potholes in her road in Hailsham she took matters into her own hands.

Laura Murphy, from Old Orchard Place, in Hailsham, took a selection of photographs of toy smurfs enjoying themselves by water-filled potholes and sent the snaps to East Sussex County Council.

Contractors turned up and filled in the potholes. They had previously been to the road but were unable to carry out the work because of parked cars.