County hits back at attack by MP on Polegate potholes

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East Sussex County Council has hit back at criticism of roads in Polegate by local MP Norman Baker.

He accused the council of not maintaining the town’s roads properly and said pothole repairs had created ‘Patchwork Polegate’.

Cllr Carl Maynard, East Sussex County Council lead member for transport and environment SUS-140910-110336001

Cllr Carl Maynard, East Sussex County Council lead member for transport and environment SUS-140910-110336001

Cllr Carl Maynard, the Lead Member for Transport and Environment at East Sussex County Council, said, “The council did receive a grant of £2,645,187 in the winter of 2014 from the DfT toward the cost of repairs to winter damage.

“The council also received a further grant of £1,443,474 in June of 2014 from the DfT towards the cost of pothole repairs.

“In addition to these DfT grants the council has invested over £78m of its own 
capital funds over the last five years.

“We have resurfaced more than 360 miles of the county’s roads (nearly 20 per cent of the county’s roads); this being an acknowledgement of the 
importance of our road network – clearly this is a programme of capital investment to ensure that our county’s roads do NOT deteriorate over the long term.

We have repaired more than 60,000 potholes this year, investing approximately £3.4m of our revenue budget.

Cllr Carl Maynard

“We have repaired more than 60,000 potholes this year, investing approximately £3.4m of our revenue budget.

“DfT grants have been used for preventative patching and long-term repairs that have been subsequently been surface dressed (sealed) to prolong the life of the repairs.

“The council’s investment is prioritised and focussed on resurfacing those roads of greatest need, and that carry the greatest volume of traffic and form the strategic links across the county.”

Cllr Maynard continued, “We are responsible for 2,053 miles of road in the county, only 10 per cent of which are A roads.

“Fifty-five per cent of the county’s roads are those smaller unclassified lanes and estate roads.

“The Conservative administration recognised the importance of these local minor roads and has set aside £10m for the repair of these roads over this year and next, this should ensure that our rural lanes in particular are not neglected.

“Unlike many other counties, East Sussex doesn’t benefit from large lengths of trunk road. Trunk roads in this county account for less than 3 per cent of all roads which means a larger proportion of HGVs having to use our smaller A and B roads, which takes a toll on their condition.

“In conclusion I would further add that we spend both revenue ( potholes ) and capital (resurfacing) carefully and in a programmed fashion to ensure that all investment is spent wisely.”