Devon County Council sets highways budget for next year

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Council earmarks money for repairs - but minor potholes will be dealt with by community road wardens in areas of North Devon.

Devon County Council has received £38.785million to maintain the highways network this year.

The money from the Department for Transport will be used for structural repairs to extend the life of its 8,000 miles of road networks.

In addition, councillors also approved the spending of a separate revenue budget of £26.975million, funded from council tax, business rates and the Government Revenue Support Grant for ‘reactive’ works such as repairing large potholes and emergency events.

But as it cuts costs, the council is placing more responsibility into the towns and parishes.

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DCC launched its Community Road Warden scheme in pilot areas 18 months ago, including Bradford and Cookbury, near Holsworthy.

Road wardens will be responsible for organising and carrying out some work, including repairing minor potholes.

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They will also tackle weed clearance, grass cutting, sign cleaning and small drainage work.

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