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June 23 2014.

Maria Caulfield, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes has welcomed the announcement from the government of £1,443,474 of new funding in East Sussex and £2,508,556 in West Sussex to tackle potholes.

Commenting on this Maria said, “Wherever I go in the constituency, whether it be in Barcombe, Ditchling and Newhaven in East Sussex or Alfriston, East Dean and Polegate in West Sussex, potholes are an issue that people get angry about. Not just because they can damage vehicles but they are dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. The last few years have seen tough winters that have caused repeated damage to our roads, so I am really pleased the government recognises the investment our County Councils need to make in order to improve the condition of roads."

In total £4,088,661 of additional funding for East Sussex has been announced for this year and £5,984,524 for West Sussex, on top of the annual roads maintenance budget.

Over three million potholes will be filled in across England with funding from the £168 million Pothole Fund, announced in the 2014 Budget. This is part of more than £24 billion which will be spent on England’s roads between 2010 and 2021 – the biggest investment in our roads since the 1970s.

In relation to this good news Maria said: “This is great news for everybody who uses the roads in the Lewes constituency. The extra money will go a long way to dealing with the menace of potholes in both East and West Sussex and we are seeing this money being used already with roads recently being repaired by East Sussex County council in Seaford in the last couple of weeks.”