Driver says Haywards Heath road could have posed safety risk

Potholes. Potholes on Perrymount Road in Hayward Heath by the station. A car was damaged while driving in the right hand lane going onto the B2028. Haywards Heath. Picture : 'Liz Pearce. 140315.'LP1500382 SUS-150314-184731008
Potholes. Potholes on Perrymount Road in Hayward Heath by the station. A car was damaged while driving in the right hand lane going onto the B2028. Haywards Heath. Picture : 'Liz Pearce. 140315.'LP1500382 SUS-150314-184731008

A driver has spoken out about the state of a road after motorists were ‘mounting the kerb’ to avoid potholes.

Simon Crabb, who cracked his windscreen after driving on Perrymount Road in Haywards Heath said an ‘immense’ series of potholes covered the ‘entire lane’.

“Cars are having to mount the kerb to avoid damage to their vehicles,” he told the Middy last week.

“In my view this is massively irresponsible of the council and simply not in the best interests of the thousands of town commuters and local tenants.

“My costs alone are likely total more than £600.”

Mr Crabb said he phoned West Sussex County Council about the state of the road and was assured the pothole would be repaired ‘as a priority’.

However after calling the council last week to explain the road had not been repaired, he was told the work would be done in April.

Mr Crabb said he understands the council cannot tackle every pothole in ‘record time’ but said ‘some degree of priority should be given to highly populated areas in towns with frequent commuter traffic’.

“As a local business owner I am sensitive to the increasing council tax costs and the road tax that is paid to the local council to make good on their responsibilities.”

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: “We are aware of the poor state of Perrymount Road.

“Perrymount Road and The Broadway were programmed for resurfacing in February.

“Unfortunately because of additional works relating to the redevelopment of Haywards Heath railway station, which has had an impact on available road space, we have been made to defer this resurfacing until 2016.

“In the meantime, in response to residents’ reports, we inspected Perrymount Road and found one pot hole in need of repair, being of a size that meets the criteria.”

The Middy understands a repair has recently been made to the road and a further planned repair is also scheduled.