Extra cash for pothole repairs in county council budget

Devon County Council leader councillor John Hart

Devon County Council leader councillor John Hart - Credit: Archant

More cash will be spent on pothole repairs across Devon if councillors back a new budget on Thursday. 

An extra £600,000 will be added to the county council's roads budget under the new plan. 

Devon's Cabinet met last week to sign off the authority's proposed budget for 2021/22 and it will be finally approved at the full council meeting on February 18. 

Today council leader John Hart confirmed he was proposing the extra cash for potholes and drainage. 

He said: "Keeping our roads in a decent state of repair is a never-ending job and there is never enough money to complete the job. 

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"But it's vital for all our residents and it's vital for our businesses. I hope that this extra cash - if it's approved by the council - will help us meet people's expectations." 

In 2020, the county council repaired nearly 60,000 potholes with an average repair time of 6.2 working days. 

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