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Was this the most dangerous pothole in Crawley? Thames Water apologise.

With cars swerving across lanes to avoid it, does this make this pothole on Gatwick Rd the most dangerous in the town?

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The scourge of potholes across Crawley has almost reached epidemic numbers and it seems that no neighbourhood is safe from them.

But the most recent may well have been the most dangerous of them all.

Thames Water first worked on a faulty manhole cover on Gatwick Road back in December 2017 but due to the harsh wintery conditions the concrete became extremely weak creating a pothole.

But what makes this pothole more dangerous than any of the others?

The pothole whilst quite deep also exposed the jagged sharp edges of the manhole cover.

Most of the time there is a danger that you may damage your car if you drive over them or you have to swerve around them and it is this swerving that makes this particular pothole so dangerous.

Motorists who joined this section of Gatwick road from the Sandman Roundabout heading towards Manor Royal OR who came down the Hazelwick flyer-over were not seeing the pothole till the last minute and made dramatic swerves to avoid it WITHOUT checking the lane next to them.

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During a ten minute recon over 40 cars we observed to swerve erratically around the pothole.

Commuters will know that the pothole was actually being fixed not long ago but it has taken till today for an emergency team to finally come out and try to fix it once again but questions are already being asked as to how long this fix will last for.

Motorists were swerving into another lane to avoid.

Thames Water say that todays emergency repair is only short term and that a full road resurface will take place within the next two weeks.

So that’s another day of road works for commuters to look forward to.

A spokes person from Thames Water said:

“We’re sorry to those affected by a pothole next to one of our manhole covers. Due to the recent freezing weather and rapid thaw the tarmac we laid in December, following a repair to a faulty manhole cover, has not held as we’d expect.

“Our engineers have been back on this section of Gatwick Road to fill the pothole, before a more permanent repair to the road surface is carried out within the next two weeks.”

But Gatwick Road is certainly not alone with extremely deep and dangerous potholes appearing across the whole town, most noticeable outside Crawley Fire Station.

Residents have even taken to social media to report them as well and the apparently poor repair work that has been undertaken:

https://twitter.com/Bald_Eagle_/status/981678117818421249

Are you encountering potholes in your street?  Are they being fixed?  Let us know.

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‘It’s not nearly enough funding’ warns Crawley Council as business grant applications open

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Eligible businesses can now apply for the latest round of business grants but Crawley Borough Council says the funding is not nearly enough.

Despite Crawley being responsible for 25 per cent of the economic output in West Sussex, it has been given some of the lowest grant funding in the county.

The government has given the council £3,733,396 made up of:

  • £1,485,216 in Local Restrictions Support Grant to distribute to businesses that pay business rates and have had to close during the second lockdown
  • £2,248,180 in Additional Restrictions Grant, which is given to businesses that don’t pay business rates and have been affected by the lockdown but not legally required to close.

Out of seven local authorities in West Sussex, only one received less than Crawley’s combined grants figure. Five councils received more.

The Additional Restrictions Grant is based on £20 per person in Crawley rather than the number of businesses in the town. This means that Arun District Council, for example, has received £3,215,160 due to a larger population but smaller economy.

And only one council in West Sussex received less than Crawley across both rounds of grant funding in April and November. Crawley received a total of £17,167,646. The highest – Chichester District Council – received £43,739,396.

In the first round of grants earlier this year only 23 per cent of Crawley businesses received financial help from the government.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“The pot of grant funding provided by the government is very limited and does not recognise the number of businesses we have in Crawley.

“The way the grant settlement is calculated – on population and not on the size of the economy – means we have to turn most businesses away, while other councils have millions to spare. This is causing major hardship at a time when Crawley is already the hardest-hit economy in the UK.”

Businesses that have had to close during the second lockdown can apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant by visiting https://grantapproval.co.uk

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