Council’s aim to fix pothole crisis

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Warwickshire County Council’s Highways Team is bidding for a share of a £168 million government pothole fund to repair county roads.

The Department of Transport fund was announced in the Chancellor’s Budget statement in March and is enough to fix more than three million potholes throughout the country.

Any monies awarded to the council will be in addition to the £1.98 million already secured from the Government’s severe weather road repair fund, allocated earlier this year.

Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for transport and planning, said: “Part of this government’s long-term plan is investing in our roads. Potholes are a menace for all road users, which is why this extra funding is being provided to the £1.98 million already committed to the county council for maintenance.

“We are hopeful of our success and ready to rise to this challenge to undertake repairs quickly and effectively and improve the quality of our roads.”

A condition of the funding is the signing of a Pothole Pledge where the council sets out the number of potholes they will have repaired by March 2015.

In bids to the fund councils will need to clearly set out the scale of the work they are doing, and local communities can have certainty that the money is being spent fixing potholes on local roads.

Councillor Richard Chattaway, the council’s chair of communities overview and scrutiny committee, said: “Roads in Warwickshire and around the country are falling into disarray so I’m pleased the government has seen fit to make this funding available to make necessary safety improvements.”

Local authorities have until 4pm oon May 22 to submit bids.