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Pothole cash boost still leaves a hole to fill

Kent and Essex have some of the most pot-holed roads in the country but now the South East is to receive part of a multi-million pound cash windfall to help repair them.

- Almost 1.5 million pounds will be spent filling in more than 27 thousand potholes in Kent.

- Medway alone will receive 135 thousand pounds.

- Almost 650 thousand pounds will spent repairing more than 12 thousand potholes in East Sussex.

- Essex will get 1-and-a-half million pounds.

But with, an estimated, 157 thousand potholes in the south-east alone - the Local Government Association says the pot of money falls desperately short of what's needed.

And Kent County Council says the windfall doesn't even cover the cut made to its road maintenance budget. Sarah Saunders reports.

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Kent and Essex have the country's worst roads

Around 27,000 potholes require attention in Kent Credit: ITV

Kent and Essex have some of the worst roads in the country - but now the South East is to receive part of a multi-million pound cash windfall to help repair the roads.

Almost £1.5m will be spent filling in more than 27,000 potholes in Kent.

Medway alone will receive £135,000.

Almost £650,000 will spent repairing more than 12,000 potholes in East Sussex.

Essex will get £1.5m.

But with, an estimated 157,000 potholes in the South East alone, the Local Government Association says the pot of money falls desperately short of what's needed.

Council asks for help to identify potholes

Potholes have been appearing all over the region Credit: ITV

"Please give us more details." That is the appeal from West Sussex County Council to people who report potholes. The council dealt with more than 340 last month. With 2,500 miles of road to look after, the council relies on people's help to identify road defects.

Road to ruin? The soaring cost of mending potholes

The shocking state of the south east's roads, and the soaring cost of fixing them, has been revealed in a major new survey.

The detailed assessment, by the Asphalt Industry Alliance, says the cost of mending all the roads in our region would be £2.6 billion.

In Kent and East Sussex alone, the repair bill is nearly £300 million.

Potholes are the biggest problem, and there are warnings that public spending cuts mean the situation can only worsen.

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Fred and Sangeeta look into pothole problems

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.

National Pothole Day launches

Today sees the launch of National Pothole Day Credit: ITV Meridian

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.

"By reporting damaged roads to us directly we can start the process of scheduling their repair without delay. Local residents can input details on the website or call in. This information goes straight into our system and we can start prioritising the work."

– Cllr Peter Finney, the county council's Cabinet member for environment and economy

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.

Potholes across the South East to be fixed

Roads in the South East were damaged by severe flooding earlier this year Credit: ITV Meridian

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.

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