Wealden MP Nus Ghani has welcomed new Government funding to fill nearly 1 million potholes across the UK, including £642,000 to fill an estimated 12,113 potholes across East Sussex.
Local motorists will benefit from the dedicated funding after the Government announced that nearly £50 million of funding will be made available to local councils over the next 12 months. This is part of a wider move to fill 157,282 potholes across the South East (estimated at £53 per pothole) with over 100 councils in England receiving funding.
The funding has been made available to councils as part of the Government’s £250 million Pothole Action Fund, included in last month’s budget, which will see over four million potholes fixed by 2020/21, and is part of the Government’s plan to invest in infrastructure to secure a better future for our economy.
Nus Ghani MP commented:
I spend a lot of my time talking about railways and flight paths, but every journey in Wealden begins and ends on our roads. The state of our roads is often raised with me by local residents and remains a great source of frustration for drivers, as well as a cause of often fatal accidents. Constituents describe roads which are ‘unsafe for vehicular and pedestrian use with debris from pot holes strewn across the roads.
I’m therefore glad that the Government is investing both nationally and locally to improve the standard of our roads. It shows that we are delivering on our commitment to invest in infrastructure to attract businesses and help people in Wealden get on with their lives as easily and safely as possible.
However Cllr Martin Tett, Local Government Association Transport spokesman, said:
While £50 million is a step in the right direction, councils need more than 230 times that amount to cover the £11.8 billion cost to bring our roads up to scratch.
Councils share the frustration of motorists having to pay to drive on roads that are often inadequate. Our polling shows that 83 per cent of the population would support a small amount of the existing billions they pay the Treasury each year in fuel duty being reinvested to help councils bring our roads up to scratch.
“The condition of our roads is only going to get worse unless we address it as a national priority. The Government’s own traffic projections predict a potential increase in traffic of up to 55 per cent by 2040. Councils desperately need long-term and consistent funding to invest in the resurfacing projects which our road network desperately needs over the next decade.
Fix My Street
Potholes and other problems with our roads including flytipping and broken street lights, can be reported online on the website Fix My Street. [From 3rd May 2016 Fix My Street will be replaced by www.eastsussexhighways.com]
Criteria for Fixing Potholes
On A and B Roads, potholes 4 to 10cm deep and more than 30cm wide should be fixed within five days. Whereas it might take the Council up to six months to repair potholes of the same size on most C and unclassified roads. Full response criteria and how to make a claim for damages to your vehicle.