A pothole's first birthday is being mockingly celebrated.

Residents in Peacehaven say they are still waiting for the council to deal with the “eyesore” months from when they reported it.

The hole in Headlands Close will turn one year old after residents in the road reported it in March last year.

Residents marked the occasion by attaching a banner to the barriers surrounding the hole as they continue to wait for East Sussex Highways to act.

James Herrington, who lives in Headlands Close, said: “It’s very depressing. East Sussex Highways keep saying they will make it a priority.

The Argus: James with the potholeJames with the pothole (Image: James Herrington)

“The road is going to collapse eventually.

“I just want them to pull a finger out and fix the hole.”

James said residents have continued to bring the issue up with East Sussex Highways.

However, he added that they are then told that the hole needs “further investigation” but that no work has been done since.

The hole has reportedly grown since 2023 from the “size of an orange” with barriers now blocking it off from the pavement and the road.

Pothole figures for East Sussex rose by more than 13,000 in the county from 2022 to 2023.

The council highways team previously said that it repaired nearly 28,000 potholes in the county in 2023.

The Argus: The potholeThe pothole (Image: James Herrington)

East Sussex County Council Highways is responsible for more than 2,000 miles of road and has stated it prioritises work according to "locally approved policies, to ensure potholes that present the greatest danger to road users are repaired as quickly as possible".

People can report potholes at www.eastsussexhighways.com.

An additional £15.7 million has been invested in the county’s road network focussing on preventative maintenance to stop potholes and other defects appearing in the first place through schemes such as resurfacing.

An East Sussex Highways spokesman said: “We are aware of the sinkhole on Headland Close and apologise for the delay in carrying out repairs.

“It is important that we fully investigate the cause of any damage to road surfaces to ensure that any repairs we carry out are appropriate and effective, and a repair team is scheduled to investigate the cause of the sinkhole next week.

“Depending on the outcome of that investigation, repairs will be carried out or the necessary works scheduled.”