Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Additional Government funding will help county repair damaged roads.
DEVON County Council has welcomed news that extra Government funding will be made available to help repair roads damaged by the winter weather.
In response to the impact of one of the worst winters on record, the Department for Transport has increased the Severe Weather Recovery Scheme by £36.5 million, to £80 million, in order to support the worst hit areas.
An extra £103.5 million is also being made available to all councils across England, which is expected to be allocated to authorities on a formula basis by the end of the week.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Highway Management and Flood Prevention, said: “Any additional funding will be extremely welcome after such an extreme winter.
“Our roads have been devastated by the amount of heavy rainfall and flooding we’ve experienced.
“Because of the extent of the damage to Devon’s roads, extra funds won’t provide an overnight cure but we’re cautiously optimistic that we will get a fair share to help with the recovery effort.”
In recent weeks the county council said it had increased the number of teams dealing with pothole repairs from 13 to 34, with an extra 52 staff tackling the problem.
The number of potholes reported on Devon’s roads has increased from 2,000 in December, to 7,500 in January, and a further 7,900 in February.
In order to qualify for the extra Government funding, local authorities will be required to show where the money has been spent by publishing information on their websites by the end of August.