Local hero reveals he lets out his driveway to nine cars a day because the street outside is covered in potholes as motorists complain council's 'repairs' just fall apart

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A man who lives in 'pothole hell' has revealed that up to nine cars are forced to take refuge in his driveway every single day due to the incredibly uneven roads in East Sussex meaning motorists are unable to park.

The man, called Russell, appeared in Channel 4's new documentary The War On Motorists on Thursday.

Russell, has locally become known as a 'pothole superhero' as his house is a refuge for cars that have become victim to the dangerous craters.

In the show, he showed reporter and motoring journalist Ginny Buckley footage from his Ring Doorbell, which featured three cars queuing at once in his driveway.

'We've had a lot more than one at any one time. If there's just one out there, it's a good day.'

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A man who lives in 'pothole hell' has revealed that up to nine cars are forced to take refuge in his driveway every single day due to the incredibly uneven roads in East Sussex

A man who lives in 'pothole hell' has revealed that up to nine cars are forced to take refuge in his driveway every single day due to the incredibly uneven roads in East Sussex

Russell (pictured showing off the pothole)  has locally become known as a 'pothole superhero' as his house is a refuge for cars that have become victim to the dangerous craters

Russell (pictured showing off the pothole)  has locally become known as a 'pothole superhero' as his house is a refuge for cars that have become victim to the dangerous craters

As he reviewed the footage he added: 'There's three cars on our driveway! These are coming in at one, two o'clock in the morning.'

The weary pothole expert revealed one of the worst pits in the area, which was so deep that the water inside almost reached his elbow when measured with his arm.

One pothole had a jagged edge around it, with Russel explaining this was a 'repair' the council had made.

However, this made things even worse - as Russel claimed scarcely any cars could escape it without a flat tyre.

'And this is a repair! Every repair just falls apart. It's ridiculous.'

Local councils received more than a million pothole reports last year with £56million spent on repairs, an Freedom of Information request of 206 councils revealed in the programme.

A third of those that responded said they only fix potholes when they reach a specific depth.  

East Sussex County Council said: 'To deal with a growing number of potholes over the 2023 winter period, we employed nearly three times the usual number of crews to carry out repairs.

Ring doorbell footage shows up to nine cars a day park in his drive

Ring doorbell footage shows up to nine cars a day park in his drive

Cars queue up to park at Russell's house

Cars queue up to park at Russell's house

'To repair every pothole would cost about four times our current spend and place an even greater burden on council taxpayers.

'Whilst our aim is to get it right first time, there are a number of factors that can lead to a pothole repair failing but only a small percentage of potholes have to be re-repaired.

'We have invested an additional £15.7 million this year to help improve the condition of East Sussex roads.'

The FOI data also revealed that 80 per cent of pothole compensation claims were rejected by the councils that responded.

In the 12 months up to March this year, the RAC attended 27,000 pothole incidents on Britain's roads - a 9 per cent increase on last year.

The breakdown service company, which has over 13 million members in the UK, has calculated that drivers of a typical family car can expect to have to pay up to £460 if their car needs to go to a garage after hitting a pothole.

The 'fixed' potholes' are full of debris and often given motorists flat tyres

The 'fixed' potholes' are full of debris and often given motorists flat tyres

Rod Dennis, Senior Policy Officer at RAC told Dispatches: 'In some cases, councils are very upfront.

'In other places, there's zero information from councils as to what is a pothole.

'It seems crazy that depending on where you live, you might have one council treating you one way, if you were to hit a pothole, and another council treating you completely differently.'

While the government has pledged £8.3billion from abandoned HS2 budget towards tackling potholes, recent analysis by an economic consultancy suggested potholes are costing the economy in England £14.4billion pounds a year.

Rod Dennis, Senior Policy Officer at RAC, said the government's pledge doesn't go far enough: 'We don't feel the national government has got a proper grip on just how bad the situation on our roads really is.

'£8.3 billion, while it sounds like a lot, is staggered over the course of a decade, and all that would be enough to do would be to resurface Essex's roads and leave the rest of the country's roads exactly as they are today.'

In response to the findings, the Department for Transport said: 'Our additional £8.3 billion is the biggest ever increase in funding for local highways maintenance – enough to resurface the equivalent of over 5,000 miles of roads across the country.

'Local authorities received the first £150m of this increase in October and will receive a further £150m this year.

'We're also requiring local councils to publish regular reports of which roads they are resurfacing with this extra money, so taxpayers can see how their money is being spent by their local council.'

The War on Britain's Motorists: Dispatches, Thursday 23 May 8pm, Channel 4

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