The condition of roads and pavements in Rye – and not only in the town centre and surrounding villages – is getting more ,hazardous day by day, and the danger of tripping over raised paving stones has added an extra level of anxiety for elderly residents – and the hazard for motor vehicles has also become extremely serious.
In Rye’s East Street for example the pothole photographed on Wednesday January 20, measures some 80 x 40cm and is 12cm deep. The photograph has been sent to East Sussex County Council via the FixMyStreet website, with a copy to Rye Town Council.
This pothole is almost in the identical position as that reported three years ago in 2018 in Rye News. On that occasion, the repair was effected with commendable speed, but there may be need for ESCC highways department to reconsider the materials specification for such a high wear and tear area. But the current pandemic lockdown may mean that the problem persists for some while, despite the evident hazard to vehicles and indeed pedestrians.
Richard Farhall, Rye’s town clerk, advises that this may be one of five potholes which Councillor Keith Glazier has undertaken will be repaired by the middle of February. Highways department’s advice is that it is best to report any highway faults directly – and for potholes go to the East Sussex Highways webpage.
Image Credits: Kenneth Bird .