By Denna Bowman
Motorists are suffering costly damage to their tyres due to potholes which have been caused by the extreme cold weather during the past few weeks.
Treacherous conditions have led to at least ten vehicles suffering burst tyres during a period of just one-and-a-half hours after they drove over an unavoidable pothole in East Sussex.
Last Thursday during rush hour when Nicola Groom, of Springfield Close, Crowborough, was on her way to her job as a carer for the elderly on the B2110 towards Hartfield.
She had passed Wythyham Bridge when she saw a pothole about three quarters of a metre round.
Mrs Groom, 31, said: “I don’t know how deep it was but it burst my tyre.
“It was unavoidable – you couldn’t move to the right because of the oncoming traffic and it was too close to the hedge on the left.”
It was too dangerous to stop by the pothole, but Mrs Groom managed to find a spot down the road where she came across four other motorists with flat tyres.
After two phone calls, the highways authority arrived an hour and 20 minutes later, by which time a further six motorists had flat tyres.
One woman had to abandon her car because the pothole had damaged her vehicle so badly.
Mrs Groom said: “It makes me so mad. The road along there is starting to break up.
“I pay my council tax. The council should be out there repairing potholes on roads which are breaking up.”
An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: “We inspect all our roads regularly but we do rely on reports from members of the public to pick up problems that have developed between inspections. Lots of extra potholes have appeared as a result of the recent freezing weather conditions.
“Where these are considered to be dangerous we are sending out maintenance teams to repair them as soon as possible – in fact our highways team filled the pothole at Withyham within 70 minutes of being notified about it.”