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Pavement and road repairs
The council is responsible for monitoring all works undertaken on the public highway. Works are co-ordinated to minimise disruption to traffic and pedestrians. Every public road and pavement in the city is inspected on a regular basis depending on its use and location. Areas like Western Road are inspected on a monthly basis, whereas roads around housing estates are inspected every six months.
Winter road repairsDamage to the roads during wintry weather is caused by rain water and thawing snow seeping into small cracks in the road. As temperatures dip, the water freezes and expands, enlarging the cracks. This causes cracks and potholes to appear, overnight in some cases, even in roads that otherwise appear sound. The council has received funding from central Government to help local authorities repair damage caused by the extreme wintry weather in 2010/11. Find out more about this Government funding for road repairs here.
How should I report a problem?
Complete the pavement and road repairs online reporting form or contact us on (01273) 292929. Please be ready to give a precise location and a description of the nature of the problem, eg potholes, raised paving, theft of slabs etc. This will be inspected by one of our officers who will arrange for the council's highway contractor to carry out the repairs if necessary.
How do I make a public liability insurance claim?
If you have had an accident on the public highway and wish to make a claim against Brighton & Hove City Council because you believe the council has been negligent, please inform us by completing the Public Liability Claim Form.
Public_Liability_Claim_Form.doc [WordDoc 1.09mb]
To avoid dealys in processing please ensure that national insurance number and date of birth are included.
If unable to download the form from the link above, please contact the Insurance Section to request one is sent in the post.
Please return the completed form to:
Insurance Section, Brighton & Hove City Council, Kings House, Grand Avenue, Hove. BN3 2SR.
or email to:
Can I get the footway lowered for vehicle access to my property via a cross over / dropped kerb?
You can apply for a licence to construct a cross-over. Provided you meet the criteria and safety standards, a licence will be issued with certain conditions attached. You will also need to check for underground equipment belonging to the utility companies and negotiate with them if it needs to be moved or protected.
If you are thinking of applying, please read the Crossover_Leaflet_v6_2013.pdf carefully first - this contains information about the key points that need to be met.
If you require further information or want a crossover application pack to be posted to you, please telephone the council on (01273) 293366 or email us Networkcoemail@example.com
Utility company street works
These street works are carried out by organisations such as Southern Water, BT, Seeboard, Transco, NTL etc. They carry out about 9,000 works each year in the city to repair, maintain and install their equipment. The council inspects these works and if they are found to be of a poor standard or dangerous to vehicles or pedestrians, the company will be charged with a penalty and directed to make the work safe.
If you have any queries relating to these street works, please contact the council on (01273) 292294 or email us Networkcofirstname.lastname@example.org