Hailsham man on a mission to get roads repaired

A retail assistant from Hailsham is on a quest to return the town’s roads ‘to their former glory.’

22 year-old Lewis Isted is so outraged at the amount of potholes and damage to the roads in and around Hailsham – he’s set himself a mission to get them fixed, once and for all.

Lewis, who has lived in Hailsham all his life, shares the frustration of most drivers using the roads, but has set out to get potholes filled, ditches cleared and fallen trees clear of the roads. 

Lewis told Hailsham News; “My aim is to get Hailsham streets and roads back to their former glory with the help and support of the residents of the town. I really believe that this is easily fulfillable. I hope, the end result for Hailsham will be a happy and safe place to live as far as the community and roads go.

Following recent flooding in the town, many potholes have increased in size and fallen trees have been left at the side of the road as resources become stretched to capacity. This has triggered Lewis to involve local councillors and authorities in an attempt to clear up the town.

He added; “I will pursue issues in Old Swan Lane to get the ditches cleared out and trying to improve road conditions across the whole of Hailsham on the main roads in and out.

Last week, it was revealed £8.9 million was spent on West Sussex’s roads repairs as part of a pothole “prevention strategy’, where the County Council repaired 18,514 – around 350 every week.

Lewis believes the attitude of local residents needs to change as ‘things can get done’. He said; “I need residents to be willing to push for results and positive responses from Highways. If they see a pothole or know of a neglected section of road, then take a picture and post it on the group or report it on the Highways website.

The Wealden Eye Magazine | November/December 2020 Issue
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