Will people in Oxfordshire will have to put up with potholes forever?
The council needs £160m to repair all the roads in the county, peppered by potholes and crumbling into the verge. Mel Bloor reports.
The number of potholes in West Sussex has halved compared to this time last year. Around 1,100 were repaired last month. The authority says its £30m Better Roads Programme has played a part in the reduction.
They are blighting the South's roads and damaging cars - and tonight there are new calls for the Government to spend more on the growing problem of potholes.
Last year the Government pledged an extra £140m for local councils to help repair the roads damaged during last winter's floods. But campaginers say it's not enough.
Fred and Sangeeta have the details.
This week sees the launch of the UK's first ever National Pothole Day.
Dorset County Council is encouraging residents to report potholes and defects directly to the council.
Last year the county council repaired 12,000 potholes. Each pothole is ranked for repair. This ranking is based on the level of risk to road users - its location, size, depth and the sort of road on which it occurs. Repairs are scheduled between 32 hours (for the highest risk) and 28 days (for minor risk). The majority of all potholes are repaired within 28 days.
The county council has received an extra £9m to help repair storm-ravaged roads from last winter. This money was used to resurface damaged roads and complete a grip and ditch clearing programme to help prevent future flooding. A full list of the completed works can be found at www.dorsetforyou.com/severe-weather-fund.
Councils in the South East are to receive more than £8 million pounds to repair potholes.
It's part of the governments plans to fix more than 3 million in the UK.
Kent County Council will get one of the largest pay outs across the country of £6.2 million.
It's one of the biggest investments in roads since the 1970's.
Councils across the Meridian region have been invited to apply for a share of a £168m Pothole Fund to repair uneven roads.
The extra Government funding is thought to help repair more than three million potholes to make roads safer and smoother for motorists and other road users.
Local authorities who are given a share of the fund will have to sign a Pothole Pledge which will set out the number of potholes they will have repaired by March 2015.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:
“Part of this government’s long term plan is investing in our roads. Potholes are a menace for all road users which is why this extra funding is provided in addition to the £10 billion already committed for councils for road maintenance.
"I want councils to rise to the challenge and to reward councils who come up with new and better ways of making repairs quickly and effectively."
The £168m fund was announced in the Chancellor's March Budget statement and is addition to the £10billion maintenance for local roads.
You may have thought it as you were driving around the region but now it's official - the roads in the South are in the worst state of repair in the country. Potholes are the big problem, and it's estimated an extra 12 billion pounds is needed to repair them. Martin Stew reports.
West Sussex County Council is to receive around £3.4m from the Government to help repair roads damaged by severe weather.It comes after the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced that an extra £140m was being made available to help authorities in the UK.
The County Council has been told it will receive £3,475,968 as part of its share.The Government released the emergency payment following the wettest winter on record.
The announcement comes weeks before the County Council launches its £30m Better Roads Programme, a two-year scheme targeting rural and residential roads in West Sussex in need of repair.
They are blighting our roads like never before. Damaging cars and costing drivers hundreds of pounds in repairs. But council's in the south say the full cost of dealing with potholes following the winter weather isn't yet known and is continuing to mount up.
In Hampshire, repairs to flood-damaged roads are already costing up to £36m. In Surrey, it's £15m and also expected to rise. Meanwhile, 400 potholes a week are being fixed on the Isle of Wight and 10 thousand potholes have been fixed in West Sussex since January.
Motoring groups say £140m pounds of emergency funding from the government to tackle the crisis is just a fraction of what's needed. As Charlotte Wilkins reports.
Video. People living in an East Sussex town are disgusted with the state of their roads. Potholes have opened up everywhere and they claim the council are not doing enough to fix them.
Now a campaign has been launched to ensure Peacehaven gets some of the £140 million of government money to fix them.
Charlotte Wilkins spoke to Nancy Platts, Parliamentary Candidate for Peacehaven, Councillor David Brazier from Kent County Council and Roger Williams, who's Head of Highways at East Sussex County Council.