POTHOLES: Repairs scheduled for ‘crazy golf’ street

Potholes on an Uckfield street which have been dubbed by some residents as a “crazy golf course” are to be filled.

An East Sussex Highways steward has circled the places to be patched with white paint, indicating works are not far off.

One of the potholes in Downsview Crescent, Uckfield.

The planned works in Downsview Crescent, near to Uckfield College, come at a time when East Sussex County Council is hoping to receive more government money for a major summer patching programme.

Cllr Claire Dowling, who represents Uckfield North on the county council, gave an update to members of Uckfield Town Council on Monday (March 3).

Budget

Cllr Dowling, who is also the county’s Lead Member for transport, said they were keeping a close eye on the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget later this month.

“We are all hoping we will be getting a better settlement for schools and a better settlement all round.

“I am also looking for some DfT [Department for Transport] money for roads,” she said.

In the last two or three years, Cllr Dowling said, money had been made available prior to Christmas as one-off funding.

Another of the potholes near Uckfield College where building work has been going on for several months. Deliveries to the site have been made by heavy lorries.

The year before last it was about £4m, normally it is about £1.82m, she said.

The money had been put into patching work during the summer.

“So far we haven’t received any monies and we haven’t been made aware of any but we are very much hoping that an announcement will be made on March 11.

Schedule

“In which case, we will be able to add it to the summer schedule.

“We have the wettest February on record; three storms and the bad weather started in December and the roads have suffered because of it,” Cllr Dowling said.

An example of the churned up verges in Downsview Crescent. This photograph was taken within days of repairs taking place.They are now much worse.

The town clerk, Holly Goring, asked for an update on the verges in Downsview Crescent.

Cllr Dowling said she was still waiting for county officials to tell her what options were available but said as a minimum they were looking at re-seeding in the spring.

Parking dangers

Town councillor Ben Cox pointed out that  a number of vehicles belonging to contractors who were working on building the new Uckfield College were parked in a way which made it dangerous for other road users, particularly in Southview Drive.

Cllr Paul Sparks, who liaises with the builders, said the site manager of the contractors took an extremely strong view on parking and would not allow vehicles to be left in residential roads.

“If they do, he throws them off the work. He is being very strict,” he said.

“It [Downsview Crescent/Southview Drive] was never designed to cope with that amount of traffic but we are doing the best we can,” he said.

Harcourt Road

  • Cllr Chris Dowling, county councillor for Uckfield South, said at the town council meeting a long-standing pothole in Harcourt Road had been repaired. He said it had been repaired before but the work had not lasted. “It looks OK and I have fingers very firmly crossed that it will be a good repair and long lasting,” he said.

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