Time to prioritise dangerous road problem

IT is a mystery to me why potholes in our roads somehow manage to occur in the most dangerous places – one that must probably remain a mystery.

A part answer may be that some highways managers see the edges of roads as less of a priority than the centre – cars taking priority over other users.

When I was involving environmental groups in road priorities in London, the local cycling lobby soon pointed out that the potholes on the edges were among their biggest and most dangerous problems, a lesson that I hope has been learned.

But why should it take so long to get the problem remedied, and then, so often for the problem to recur?

It is not unreasonable to ask East Sussex County Council to use the investment provided by central Government to mend potholes across the county on a permanent basis to ensure that our roads are made safe and that taxpayers’ money is not wasted on repeated temporary repairs.

East Sussex County Council received £2.6 million for pothole funding in 2011/12 and the same amount for 2010/11.

This funding is over and above the capital block grant settlement.

East Sussex County Council is getting a further £1.4 million in 2013/14 and £0.8 million in 2014/15.

Despite this, local councillors across East Sussex receive numerous complaints about the inadequate repair of potholes which are repaired temporarily, only to appear again after a few weeks.

In February 2013, a road safety report from the House of Commons Transport Select Committee showed that East Sussex County Council was the 19th worst performing local authority.

Seaford councillor Carolyn Lambert has started a county-wide petition to demand that East Sussex County Council mends potholes across the county on a permanent basis to ensure that our roads are made safe and that taxpayers’ money is not wasted on repeated temporary repairs.

You can sign the petition online at http://epetition.

eastsussex.public-i.tv/epetition_core/community/petition/2193.

STEWART RAYMENT

Braybrooke and Castle

Liberal Democrat

Focus Team