Potholes & Fingerposts

Potholes news

Costain is the new contractor for all Highways matters from 1st May 2016. Costain repaired potholes will be insured by Costain, which hopefully means they will be doing some good work! Costain will also clean all road signs annually. We have been assured that proposed work in the locality will be easier to look up online and track what’s happening. East Sussex County Council claims that reporting and fixing highways issues will become easier and quicker.

We have been told that £642,000 for ESCC pothole repairs is being made available  in 2016/17 by Central Government.

The road-markings at the Pound have recently been repainted.

Let us know

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Thank you to people who have reported road issues to parish councillors.

The better we are informed, the more likely it is that we can get things done. 

Reporting potholes and problems online.

You can report issues online at  http://www.eastsussexhighways.com/    You will need to provide the following information:

  • Where is it? (road name, town, nearby landmarks or house numbers)
  • How big is it? e.g. golf ball, tennis ball or football sized (please only measure if safe to do so)
  • Your contact details – in case the Highways team needs more information.

DON’T use Fix My Street!

The new contractor, Costain, does not use Fix My Street, so please don’t use it any longer to report potholes.  Use the new online system instead.

Repair Time Targets

East Sussex Highways has set the following time-to-repair targets, which depend on the depth and width of the pothole:

  • Category 1:  At least 100mm deep and at least 300mm wide – make safe or repair within two hours
  • Category 2: 60mm to 99mm deep and at least 300mm wide – make safe or repair within five days
  • Category 3: 40mm to 59mm deep and at least 300mm wide – make safe or repair within 28 days

Street Signs

The Parish Council is trying hard to get a clear response from RDC about the new street-name signs at Akehurst Field and Lakehurst Lane, which some residents consider unattractive and inappropriate for the rural nature of our village in the AONB.



In total, there are 11 fingerposts in our parish. If you would like to “adopt” one near your home for an annual wash and brush up, do please let us know.

The finger post at the junction of Forge Lane and Church Road was replaced in Spring of 2016, and installed in a new, much more visible, position. 

The fingerposts  at The Pound and at Penhurst Church were replaced in January 2016. The Parish Council contributed half of the cost, with the remainder coming from East Sussex Highways.

The finger post at the junction of Old Thatch and Penhurst Lane was replaced by the County Council in summer of 2015.

From now on, the Parish Council will have to pay for maintenance of finger posts with a 50% subsidy from East Sussex Highways for up to two fingerposts per year. Typical costs for a finger post are £500 for repair or £1,500 for complete replacement.

If you see a fingerpost that needs a bit of TLC, please email the Parish Clerk. clerk@ashburnham-penhurst.net