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Town Councillors Express Concern Over the State of Hailsham’s Roads

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Public domain photo of a pothole in a road 

Hailsham Town Council has passed a motion calling on East Sussex County Council to address problems linked to potholes on many of Hailsham’s roads.

The motion, proposed by two town councillors at the latest meeting of Full Council held recently, says:

“Following the recent motion passed by Wealden District Council calling on East Sussex County Council to address problems with potholes across the district and the pledge made by Wealden District Council to lobby East Sussex County Council, Hailsham Town Council should pass a similar motion to ensure East Sussex County Council gives full consideration to the parlous state of Hailsham’s roads.

The Chair and Town Clerk should write to East Sussex County Council to express our complete dissatisfaction with the level of management exercised by their Highways Department regarding road maintenance in and around Hailsham. This has resulted in far too many roads that can only be navigated by traffic weaving around potholes and this is becoming dangerous for motorists and other road users. It is noticeable that visitors to Hailsham comment on the exceptionally appalling condition of our roads and the appalling state of those repairs that have been carried out to date.

Far too frequently repairs have only been performed on partial areas of damage requiring repeat future visits to finish the job. These partial repairs often deteriorate rapidly increasing the future workload and the attendant cost.

East Sussex County Council should be invited to send Highways Department representatives to the next Town Council meeting to explain their plan of action and to give assurances that repairs will be carried out before more damage will be suffered by our roads during the next winter season.

To assist Highways in prioritising their work schedule around Hailsham, we should provide a list of locations that require immediate attention and this list should be compiled following a review by councillors of the roads in their wards. This information should be provided to the Town Clerk within the next week.”

East Sussex Council has responsibility for the majority of the county’s roads and utilises its own contractor(s) to deal with issues such as potholes and general road repairs.

The motion passed by Full Council at the meeting called on the Town Mayor/Chairman and the Town Clerk to ask the county council to provide information on the degree of road maintenance and pothole repair work to be carried out in Hailsham in the near future, and ask representatives from East Sussex Highways to attend the next meeting of the Town Council to confirm a schedule, offer a plan of action and assure members and the public that any current pothole repairs will be carried out before this winter.

Individual ward councillors in Hailsham will be preparing an itinerary of locations that require urgent repairs, which will be passed on to East Sussex County Council’s Highways team as soon as possible.

Enquiries relating to this media release

Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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