Worst roads in Seaford to be resurfaced

Norman Baker
Norman Baker

News some of the worst roads in Seaford will be resurfaced by East Sussex County Council to prevent potholes forming was welcomed by MP Norman Baker.

However he criticised the county council for often overlooking services in Seaford.

County council lead member for transport and environment Carl Maynard hit back, saying it was not a case of one place being overlooked in favour of another, but that investment was targeted where it was most needed.

Mr Baker said: “I am pleased to see the county council are taking serious steps to improve the quality of the roads in and around Seaford.

“Potholes are an issue that constituents regularly contact me about and often the council undertake temporary fixes that only guarantee the problem will return a few months later.

“Resurfacing projects, such as those promised, will provide longer term solutions that will benefit the residents of Seaford.

“East Sussex County Council often overlooks services in Seaford.

“It is all too common for the council to ignore the demands of the over 20,000 local residents, I am pleased to see that this is one issue that they are now addressing.”

Mr Baker said he had been assured by the county council that the worst roads in Seaford would be fixed in the near future.

The MP has previously pushed the council to improve road conditions across Seaford.

The council has now confirmed work to resurface Blatchington Road will be undertaken later this month and work on the following roads will take place next year: Sutton Drove, Beacon Road, Claremont Road, Marine Parade and Stafford Drive

Cllr Carl Maynard, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for transport and environment, said: “The county council looks after more than 2,000 miles of public highway across the county and prioritises maintenance based on the condition of the road, the role it plays in the overall road network and how quickly it’s likely to deteriorate.

“It is not a question of one area being overlooked in favour of another; the county council goes to great lengths to ensure value for money for all residents of East Sussex by targeting investment where it is most needed.

“The resurfacing work planned for Seaford has been identified from the council’s asset plan and is part of a much wider programme of works. The county council has invested £55million over the past four years, resurfacing 280 miles of road.”