Crawley roads “worse than in third world country”

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The condition of the town’s roads has been described as “worse than a third world country”.

The comment was made by Cllr Brenda Smith (Lab, Langley Green) at a meeting of the West Crawley County Local Committee on Thursday (March 20).

Condemning the number of potholes on the highways, Cllr Smith added: “Saying they are like roads in third world countries would be an insult to them.”

West Sussex County Council has announced it has received more than £3million from the government for repair work.

The £3,475,968 was given to West Sussex by the Government as part of a £140million country wide package put forward to help repair roads damaged by severe weather.

In order to qualify for the funding, the county council will be required to publish information on its website by the end of August to show where this money has been spent.

Cabinet member for highways and transport, Pieter Montyn, said: “This is a timely boost from the Government, which will strengthen our hand at a time when we are already investing heavily in improving our rural and residential road network.

“It means we can repair more roads quicker than we’d originally planned, keep them safe, and make it easier for the residents and businesses of West Sussex to get around.”