East Sussex County Council is earmarking almost one and a half million pounds to repair its potholed roads this year.
Potholes – which have caused misery among the county’s motorists and cyclists – had worsened over the past two years and repairs had often involved infilling with tarmac rather than comprehensive resurfacing schemes.
Now Wealden MP Charles Hendry has welcomed the announcement.
A total of £1,443,515 has been set aside to tackle the problem – part of an additional £4,088,661 of additional funding which has been announced this year on top of the annual roads maintenance budget. More than three million potholes will be filled across England with funding from the £168 million Pothole Fund, announced in the 2014 budget. This is part of more than £24 billion which will be spent on England’s roads between 2010 and 2021 – the biggest investment in our roads since the 1970s.
Mr Hendry said, “This is great news for everybody who uses the roads in Wealden. This further £1.5 million of funding will go a long way in dealing with the menace of potholes in Wealden – a problem more pertinent in our rural community than most. My thanks go out to East Sussex County Council whose strong bid, pitted against 147 other authorities, secured this additional funding for our community.
“Investing in Britain’s roads and infrastructure is a key part of the Conservatives’ 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 Conservatives are supporting local businesses, and making life that bit easier for the hardworking people in Wealden who rely on them to get around.”
Mr Hendry plans to retire from Parliament at next year’s General Election. Nus Ghani is the Conservative’s proposed parliamentary candidate for the constituency and she has been shadowing Mr Hendry during his remaining year in office.