‘We promise to use £5.5m wisely to fix potholes’


Highways chiefs have promised to make good use of £5.5m of Government cash to help clear the county’s pothole backlog.

Lincolnshire has been allocated the amount from the Government’s £168 m Pothole Repair Fund and the council will have to publish where it spends the cash so the public can see which issues are fixed.

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways at the county council, 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.”

All repair works using the funds have to be completed by the end of March 2015.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Potholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding announced is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace.”

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