Live updates

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.

Advertisement

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.

£168m offered as part of Pothole Pledge

Councils have been invited to apply for a share in a £168 pothole fund Credit: ITV Meridian

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."

Successful authorities will have to sign a Pothole Pledge as a condition of the funding Credit: ITV Meridian

The £168m fund was announced in the Chancellor's March Budget statement and is addition to the £10billion maintenance for local roads.

£3.4 million for pot hole repairs in West Sussex

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.

Advertisement

Pothole crisis as road repair cost continues to spiral

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.

Peacehaven residents 'disgusted' with state of roads

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.

Funds for potholes 'just a fraction' of the money needed

Motoring groups say emergency funding released by the government to tackle the south's pothole crisis is just a fraction of the money needed.

A pothole repair fund of £140 million is to be shared by councils across England.

But there are claims that the sum needed to repair our flood-damaged roads is £10 billion.

If that is right, the vast majority of the region's potholes are unlikely to be repaired for at least a year.

Potholes have appeared on our roads in the south, mainly due to the recent floods Credit: ITV Meridian
Load more updates