Northamptonshire receives £3m in Government pothole cash

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Northamptonshire is one of the big winners from a Government announcement today (Friday, June 20) on funding for pothole repairs.

The county has received recognition from the Government for what the Prime Minister called “one of the leading areas in the country in its determination to beat potholes”.

Potholes being fixed at the corner of Arthur Street and Westfield Road in Wellingborough last year

Potholes being fixed at the corner of Arthur Street and Westfield Road in Wellingborough last year

Chancellor George Osborne unveiled plans to spend £168 million on improving the nation’s roads in his budget in March, with councils invited to bid for a share of that pot.

Now it has been announced Northamptonshire will receive more than £3.3 million to help its efforts to fix about 62,000 potholes.

The bonus funding comes on top of a similar initiative earlier this year in which the county received £1.5 million as well as the annual block budget of £12.8 million.

The Government says the amount of money given to each local authority in England which applied for cash depended on an assessment of the measures councils had in place to deal with potholes.

Northamptonshire will receive its money after it was singled out for praise by the Government for being a model authority.

Whitehall said the county had set up the Street Doctor system to track potholes in real time which meant work to fix the roads could be done more efficiently.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Today we are announcing over £3 million to help the area to rid its roads of the pain of potholes.

“Potholes damage cars, motorbikes and cycles and cost hardworking people money for repairs. Helping fill in potholes is helping hardworking families and we need to do more of it.

“That is why we are giving this extra money which could help fix around 62,000 potholes in the area – making a real difference to journeys for businesses, commuters and families in Northamptonshire.

“Northamptonshire has shown it is one of the leading areas in the country in its determination to beat potholes, and is receiving extra cash as a result.”

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

“But it is only one part of a massive programme of investment to get our country up to speed as part of this Government’s long term economic plan. By building, repairing and renewing our key infrastructure we will ensure the future growth and prosperity of this county.”

Last week the Northants Telegraph revealed Northamptonshire County Council had settled almost 150 claims in the last three years for damage caused by potholes.

People can report problems with roads and pavements, including potholes, via the county council’s Street Doctor service.