An end to potholed roads?

Amber Rudd and Cllr Rob Lee by a pothole
Amber Rudd and Cllr Rob Lee by a pothole

MPS in 1066 Country have welcomed the £1 million plus boost aimed at repairing our pothole scarred roads.

Both Amber Rudd and Greg Barker said the money would help make a real difference to the state of the roads.

Ms Rudd said: “This is great news for everybody who uses the roads in this area. £1,443,474 of new funding will go a long way to dealing with the menace of potholes and ridding them from our roads.”

Mr Barker, MP for Bexhill and Battle, commented: “This is great news for everybody who uses the roads.”

The news was also welcomed by East Sussex County Council, whose highways department will be responsible for carrying out much of the work.

Cllr Carl Maynard, the county council’s lead member for transport and environment, said: “We are delighted to hear that we will be receiving further funding on top of the £2.65 million received earlier this year to help deal with potholes.

“We know that potholes can cause real problems to motorists and, so far this year, we have repaired more than 27,000 holes.

“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 money is part of a £168 million Pothole Repair Fund to be shared among councils across England.

Authorities receiving funding must publish monthly progress updates on the number of potholes that have been repaired.

Cllr Maynard added: “We recognise the importance of the road network in the county and, to demonstrate this, will invest more than £50 million over the next two years.

“The additional support from the Government means we can continue with our planned improvement work on roads across East Sussex, while dealing quickly with the potholes that have been caused by an unprecedented level of rainfall in the early part of the year.”

Ms Rudd added: “Investing in Britain’s roads and infrastructure is a key part of this Government’s long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain – and this is just one part of that.

“By fixing Britain’s roads the Government is supporting local businesses, and making life that bit easier for the hardworking people in Rye and Hastings who greatly rely on them to get around.”

East Sussex County Council’s highways team is working with the Department for Transport to determine where this money will be spent on the basis of dealing with the worst roads first, and will be publishing those details on the council’s website shortly.

Between 2010 and 2021 councils across England will get £10 billion of funding for local roads maintenance from the Department for Transport.