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Wildlife verges

What are wildlife verges?

Roadside verges can provide a home for many important species of wildflowers, insects and other animals. We have a list of verges across the county that have been designated 'wildlife verges' because they are of particular importance...

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Rights of way

Rights of way are legally recorded public highways across privately owned land. They can be viewed on the East Sussex County Council website.

East Sussex has around 2,000 miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways. East Sussex County Council manages these...

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Maintenance of bus shelters are the responsibility of the local town or parish councils, except those in Eastbourne, Hastings and Lewes where they are dealt with by the borough or district council.

If you would like to request a new bus stop this can be...

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Adopted Roads, Private Roads and Private Streets

What is an adopted road?

Adopted roads are roads which are maintained at public expense, usually by the highway authority. In East Sussex this is the County Council.

To find out if a road is adopted or for more information about road adoptions, please visit...

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Drainage and Flooding

Report a problem

East Sussex Highways is responsible for making sure that rainfall flows away from the road and pavement and into the drainage system.

In heavy rain, it can sometimes take up to two hours for all the water to drain away. If there is still...

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Grit Bins

Grit Bins

Roadside grit bins are located throughout the county for pedestrians and motorists to help themselves by salting small areas of road or pavement. The salt is only for public roads and pavements and should not be used or transported anywhere else. ...

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Traffic Management

Find out more about the methods we use to minimise disruption and keep highway users safe when roadworks are taking place.

There are a number of different types of Traffic Management used on the Highway, depending on the location, type of works and the...

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Phone 0345 60 80 193 at any time to report emergency issues such as: 

Dangerous pothole - one that is at least 10cm deep x 30cm wide Fallen trees that are blocking a road or pavements An obstruction or spillage blocking a road or pavements
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Abnormal loads

What is an abnormal load?

An abnormal load is a vehicle that has any of the following:

A weight of more than 44,000 kilograms

An axle load of more than 10,000 kilograms for a single non-driving axle and 11,500 kilograms for a single driving...

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Freedom of Information Requests

We aim to make as much information available on our website as possible and our Highways Customer Team are available to answer questions.

You can find copies of our Highways policies on the East Sussex County Council website.

You can find out about how...

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Different Types of Road Maintenance

Minor Repairs

Small scale repairs, such as potholes and broken paving slabs are repaired throughout the year whenever they come to our attention.

We carry out these repairs where they are hazardous to people. However it is better value for money to repair...

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Common enforcement questions

Is a caravan allowed to be left on the highway overnight?

It is not an offence to park and sleep in a motorhome on the highway overnight.  A caravan must be attached to a vehicle that is taxed and insured.  The police can issue a...

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Dutch Elm Disease

What is Dutch Elm disease?

Dutch elm disease has killed millions of elm trees in the UK since its arrival in 1971.  In partnership with other local authorities, a control zone was set up in 1973 to limit the spread of the disease in East Sussex...

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Is consent required for all advertising?

The display of advertising is controlled by Town and Country (Control of advertisements)(England) Regulations 2007.  All advertisements require consent from the Local Planning Authorities (LPA) unless they are exempt or have deemed consent....

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Reporting graffiti

Your local district or borough council is responsible for the removal graffiti on council owned property. The removal of graffiti on private property is the responsibility of the property owner. For more information, please contact your district or borough...

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Can I advertise my food vending business on the highway?

Advertising on the Highway for the vending businesses is not permitted under section 132 of The Highways Act 1980. Any advertisements will be subject to removal....

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How can I put in an application for new traffic signals?

You can contact us on 0345 60 80 193 and we will investigate your request to see if this is possible....

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The temporary traffic lights are not working/not correct.

Temporary traffic lights are dealt with by our Network Co-ordination team please contact us on 0345 60 80 193...

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I would like to report fly-posting that is obstructing visibility or is dangerous

You can report fly-posting that is considered to be obstructing visibility or is dangerous via email to

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How do I get a licence for a grit bin?

We will provide new grit bins where:
The costs are met by residents' associations, businesses, or the local parish, town or district council
There is a suitable location for the new bin.

For a new grit bin please contact your local parish or town council...

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