Councils given millions towards pothole repairs

A Roadmaster Velocity Patchers used by Lincolnshire County Council
A Roadmaster Velocity Patchers used by Lincolnshire County Council

The Government has given councils a share of £168m to help their ongoing battle to repair the potholes that blight county roads.

Money from the dedicated Pothole Repair Fund was this week distributed around the country.

Lincolnshire County Council received just under £5.5m, Rutland got £263,000, Peterborough City Council was given £412,565 and Northamptonshire County Council received £3.3m.

The money, which can be used for general road maintenance, was shared out based on how well authorities were dealing with repairs to their highways networks. Those that performed best were rewarded with extra funding.

Lincolnshire’s executive member for highways Richard Davies (Con) said: “The maintenance and quality of Lincolnshire roads is of critical importance and among the most important things we do as a council. That’s why we’ve invested heavily ourselves but also lobbied Government for additional funding to help with the backlog we face and the particular challenges of our county’s size and rural nature.

“We’re delighted the Government has made this significant amount of additional funding available, especially given the difficult financial climate. The fact we’ve received more than expected shows that the Government recognises how well we will spend it.

“We’ll ensure that this money is put to good use, and will do all we can to keep the county’s roads in the best possible condition with the cash that’s available. Getting the best out our roads will also help boost the Lincolnshire economy, meaning this money will benefit everyone, not just motorists.”

Rutland’s cabinet portfolio holder for highways Martyn Pocock (Con) said the grant was recognition of the good work his council was doing on county roads. He added: “We have invested a great deal of time and resource already into making sure that roads in Rutland are maintained to a good standard. This extra funding will enable us to carry out further work across the 500km of roads in Rutland that, given the current financial pressures facing the council, we would have been unable to do otherwise.

“One of the most pleasing aspects of being awarded this money is that our successful bid was based upon demonstrating (to the Department for Transport) how well we manage and maintain local roads.

“We highlighted some new and innovative ways of working in partnership with Lafarge Tarmac, as well as our Horizon mapping system which provides the council with a detailed overview of the condition of every road in the county.”

Rutland County Council signed a deal with Lafarge Tarmac for services including road maintenance, gritting, road signs, street lighting and drainage in December 2013.