Potholes usually occur when roads freeze and thaw repeatedly, causing the surface to break up. They appear more frequently in late winter and early spring.

The quickest way to report a pothole is by using our online report a problem page.

Report a pothole

What we do

We inspect every road in East Sussex at least once a year but potholes can form quickly. When a pothole is reported to us we send one of our Highway Stewards to inspect the area as soon as possible and arrange repairs as necessary.

See further information and pothole FAQs on the East Sussex Highways website.

Additional Local Highways Maintenance Funding

East Sussex County Council were allocated an extra £4.7million funding from the Department for Transport as part of the £420million announced in the 2018 Budget. This additional funding is for local highways maintenance, including the repair of potholes, to keep local bridges and structures open and safe, as well as to help aid other minor highway works that may be needed.

East Sussex County Council are using the funds to improve the condition of 15 miles of road, removing the need for further planned maintenance works for between 5 and 10 years, and preventing potholes forming. The works will be made up of larger wholescale carriageway resurfacing and large-scale patching and will be carried out during 2019. The below table sets out the intended roads for these works, however it should be noted that these works may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.

Road Town
Holmesdale Gardens Hastings
St Anne’s Crescent Lewes
Southbourne Road Eastbourne
Mount Street Battle
Blackman Avenue Hastings
Blackman Avenue St Leonard’s
High Street Lewes
Upperton Road Eastbourne
Starvecrow Lane Beckley
De La Warr Parade Bexhill
Bodiam Road Ewhurst
Little East Street Lewes
Avis Road Newhaven
Bayham Road Frant
Clayton Road Ditchling
Fairfield Road Eastbourne
Friars Hill Guestling
High Street Ditchling
Higham Gardens Guestling
Highlea Close Hastings
Langney Road Eastbourne
Ledsham Park Hastings
Malling Down Lewes
Malling Street Lewes
Northiam Road Eastbourne
Osborne Road Eastbourne
Phoenix Causeway Lewes
Priory Street Lewes
Queens Road Hastings
Railway Road Newhaven
Rye Road Hastings
Swallow Bank Hastings
The Green – Hastings Hastings
The Suttons Hastings
Uckfield Road Ringmer
Wishing Tree Road North Hastings
Wrestwood Road Bexhill

Further information can be found on the Department for Transport website: DFT Roads Funding Information

These works will complement our year 3 and 4 works programme. Details of up and coming works can be found on our East Sussex Highways website.

Pothole Action Fund

East Sussex County Council was awarded £604,000 by the Department of Transport as part of its share of the Government’s Pothole Action Fund during 2018/19 and £604,761 during 2019/20.

The County Council has spent its allocation on preventative surfacing and patching works to stop the formation of potholes across the County.

Details of where these works have been carried out can be found in the attachments below:

DfT Pothole Action Fund Report March 2019

DfT Pothole Action Fund Report March 2020

National Productivity Investment Fund 2017/18

The National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) was announced as part of the Government’s 2016 Autumn statement.

In mid-January 2017 the Department for Transport (DfT) allocated a proportion of the available NPIF funding to Local Transport Authorities.

East Sussex County Council has been allocated £2.133 million to spend on transport schemes in the County in 2017/18. Schemes identified for NPIF funding will be in addition to any planned maintenance or programmes for 2017/18, and will also fulfill one or more of the following outlined objectives:

  • Ease congestion and provide upgrades on important national, regional and local roads;
  • Unlock economic job creation opportunities; and
  • Enable delivery of vital new housing development to meet the needs of a generation of would-be home owners.

We are currently in the process of finalising our schemes for 2017/18 and an update will be provided once this is complete.