Stewards get to know their roads

Nine of the twelve Highways Stewards with one of the specially marked vans.

Nine of the twelve Highways Stewards with one of the specially marked vans.

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TWELVE new highway stewards are representing their communities across East Sussex, patrolling their patch to find any problems with the roads and helping solve any issues local people have with the highways.

Each steward will be based within the communities they serve and will be looking after the roads which serve their area.

They will each patrol their patch in their van which has a Community Highway Steward logo.

Not only will they report any potholes or other problems with the road, but they will get to know their patch and keep an eye on its condition so that they can keep the highways engineers informed and they can deal with any big issues before they become defects in the road.

Councillor Carl Maynard said, “The highway stewards are being encouraged to take a sense of pride in their local roads.

“They will talk with people at the local town or parish councils, and will keep in contact with those who need to dig up the roads.

“Their new patch will become their office.

“They will know where any troublespots are, they will know who is working on the road in their patch and for how long, and they will be able to decide what improvements need to be made.

“This is an exciting time for East Sussex Highways and the new highways stewards are part of our work to become the best at what we do, providing well-maintained roads to encourage travel and the economic prosperity of the county.

“We are doing this through creating a new asset plan, a new control hub and a new, modern and leaner highways structure.”

For more information about the highways stewards or to talk about a problem in your area contact our Highways Contact centre on 0345 60 80 193 or you can register a fault in the road online at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/reportafault