The Argus£5million to be spent fixing Sussex potholes (From The Argus)

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£5million to be spent fixing Sussex potholes

The Argus: Potholes are a menace Potholes are a menace

MORE than £5 million pounds will be spent fixing potholes across Sussex As part of their biggest road investment scheme since the 1970s, the Government Westminster is splashing out £168 million country-wide to fill more than three million potholes by March next year.

And as part of the pothole fund East Sussex County Council has been allocated £2.65 million, West Sussex County Council £2.5 million and Brighton and Hove City Council £260,832.

Roger Williams, head of highways at East Sussex County Council, said: “We know that potholes can cause real problems to motorists and, so far this year, we have repaired more than 27,000.

“This money will enable us to carry on the good work we are doing to deal with the results of the wettest winter on record and prepare our roads for the winter ahead.”

The announcement comes on top of the £185 million made available by the Government in March to help repair roads affected by severe weather damage.

A spokesperson for West Sussex County Council said: “We are very pleased that our application for additional funding has resulted in £2.5million being allocated to West Sussex, in addition to the £30 million Better Roads Programme that we are rolling out over the next two years to improve the condition of rural and residential roads.”

“We are currently filling more than 150 potholes a day across West Sussex, with 12 full time gangs and six pothole patrols helping to fill approximately 1,200 potholes a week.”

The Government has promised a further £7.4 billion will be spent on roads in the next parliament, along with funding from the £12 billion Local Growth Fund.

Extra money is being given to councils which demonstrate the “best practice in highways maintenance”, including bringing in specialist machinery or setting up dedicated repair teams.

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11:50am Tue 24 Jun 14

Alison Smith says...

Great news.
Great news. Alison Smith
  • Score: 3

2:03pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Mark63 says...

About time. The money they waste on road narrowing and graffiti-ing schemes (*) is disgusting. Make the roads usable! The Main road down to the Brighton seafront is appalling... I'm thinking of claiming against the council for damage, the way the car rattles as we drive (at a sensible speed) to work....
(*) - painting '20' just about everywhere... which looks a real mess!
About time. The money they waste on road narrowing and graffiti-ing schemes (*) is disgusting. Make the roads usable! The Main road down to the Brighton seafront is appalling... I'm thinking of claiming against the council for damage, the way the car rattles as we drive (at a sensible speed) to work.... (*) - painting '20' just about everywhere... which looks a real mess! Mark63
  • Score: 4

2:31pm Tue 24 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

Why is this news??

We pay the Road Fund to ensure that our roads are correctly maintained.
Why is this news?? We pay the Road Fund to ensure that our roads are correctly maintained. stevo!!
  • Score: -1

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