MP Norman Baker
This is despite being handed millions of pounds by the government to deal with road maintenance, he said, including millions allocated by Mr Baker when he was a transport minister.
I want to see proper long term repairs being made to the road network, not a patchwork of quick fix measures that fall apart within weeks.
He said that while minister for transport he made £100 million available to councils, including East Sussex, to improve roads.
In March last year East Sussex was given a windfall £2,645,187 to help fix potholes by March 2015, he said.
And in June East Sussex was set to receive £1,443,474 to go towards covering the costs of much-needed pothole and surface repairs across the county, enough to fund 27,000 pothole repairs across the county.
Mr Baker said, “A very large amount of money has been made available to East Sussex and I want to see proper long term repairs being made to the road network, not a patchwork of quick fix measures that fall apart within weeks.
“With this substantial investment, the county council has no excuse for the state of the roads in Polegate. Potholes aside, the county council’s argument is that roads like Gilda Crescent are ‘safe’ and therefore do not merit intervention. But they also have a wider responsibility to help maintain the appearance of the town and that they are singularly failing to do. Potholes are a blight that can damage cars, disrupt journeys and cause accidents. This is not good enough.”
East Sussex County Council inspects every road in the county at least once a year, but potholes can form quickly. Repairs are prioritised according to the size and location of the problem.
If the pothole is more than 100mm deep and more than 300mm wide it can be repaired within two hours.