Council will spend more than £1million of £3.192million government fund on roads in North Devon and Torridge

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More than £1million of funding is to be used on pothole and road repair schemes across North Devon and Torridge.

Devon County Council (DCC) has announced which roads will be repaired using its £3.192 million Pothole Action Funding allocation from the government.

A third of DCC’s allocation will be spent in North Devon and Torridge, with £1,068,969 to be used for patching and resurfacing.

It includes more than £210,000 for the Torrington area, £182,000 for Holsworthy and £132,000 for South Molton.

The council uses pothole frequency data to identify areas of need.

While the majority of the work is for patching, resurfacing work will be carried out in King Edward Street and Lynhurst Avenue in Barnstaple; South Street in Braunton; Allenstyle Drive in Fremington; Montpelier Road and Broad Street in Ilfracombe; and Borough Road, Market Street, Castle Hill and Whitefield Hill in Combe Martin.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC’s cabinet member for highway management, said: “This investment of more than £3 million is being spent on roads that need it the most and are local priorities, and we’re making sure that the money goes as far as possible.

“With the biggest road network of any local authority in the country it’s impossible to repair every road in Devon that needs attention but we’re making the best use of the money we’ve been given by government.”

Devon County Council’s allocation for 2017/18 is a £1.2million increase on last year’s total. Of the £1.952million allocated last year, £568,473 was spent in North Devon and Torridge.

The Pothole Action Funding is in addition to the £44,325,000 of capital funding for highway maintenance DCC has received from the Department for Transport for 2017/18.

That total is also used to cover the cost of maintenance of pavements, street lighting, traffic signals, bridges, drainage systems, safety barriers and public rights of way, among other work.

Devon’s 8,000 mile road network needs around £55 million of capital investment every year to maintain its current condition.

To view a full list of the schemes, click here.