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Potholes in Kent to be fixed when water drains away

Highway crews in Kent are getting ready to fix the increased number of potholes in the county, due to the severe weather and flooding over Christmas and New Year.

Over the holiday period, the Highways Management Centre dealt with over 1,500 calls about fallen trees.

Damage will be repaired on a priority basis but work can only begin when the water has drained away.

Many highways staff cancelled or postponed holidays over Christmas as roads across the county were closed by flooding or safety concerns over fallen trees.

David Brazier, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment said, "We are aware that many people suffered as a result of the severe weather. Our roads and infrastructure received a battering too.

"The extreme wet weather will cause potholes and we have geared up to tackle this."

£1.5m pothole scheme

East Sussex County Council are investing more than £1.5m to reseal potholes across the county.

County Council contractors will apply layer of bitumen to the road before putting down stone chippings.

The chippings will be swept from the roads 24 hours after work is carried out and again after three and seven days.

Advanced warning signs will be put in place two weeks before work begins and residents will be notified.

Carrying out this work will not only improve the safety of these roads, but will also extend the life of the surface by up to 10 years.

With East Sussex County Council having spent around £40 million on road maintenance over the past three years, it is important we demonstrate value for money for our Council Tax payers and ensure any work we carry out lasts for as long as possible."

– Councillor Carl Maynard, Lead Member for Transport and Environment

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£1.5m pothole prevention scheme

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Dangerous potholes in East Sussex are set to be repaired Credit: PA Wire

East Sussex County Council is investing £1.5m to pothole-proof 30 roads across the county.

Work to repair the road of potholes will begin at the end of the month to seal roads following the bad winter weather.

As well as improving safety by giving vehicles more grip it will also protect the road surface from water damage.

The surface work will cause little disruption to motorists as the speed limit will be 20mph and the road can be used almost immediately after work is carried out.

Motorists paid thousands in pothole compensation

by Kate Bunkall

Thousands of pounds in compensation is being paid out by councils across the South East to drivers whose cars have been damaged by pot holes.

Drivers that ITV Meridian has spoken to - say conditions are getting worse rather than better, but local authorities insist they are spending millions of pounds to improve conditions. Motoring organisations say the state of our roads is now motorists' top concern. Kate Bunkall reports.

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Council may spend £500,000 on potholes

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The roads are littered with potholes Credit: Meridian

The weather may have taken a turn for the better, but the cost of the extreme winter conditions is still being counted. Reading Borough Council is to consider spending £500,000 on refilling potholes caused by ice and rain.

It's proposing hiring additional maintenance teams to tackle the problem. The idea will be discussed at a meeting later this month.

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