Potholes in Devon are to be ‘top priority’ after the county received a record-breaking £18.75million in Government funding for road maintenance.

North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones and Devon County Council leader John Hart have welcomed the extra £18.75m for Devon's roads. Picture: ContributedNorth Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones and Devon County Council leader John Hart have welcomed the extra £18.75m for Devon's roads. Picture: Contributed

It was part of a £420m cash injection announced yesterday (Wednesday) and was the biggest single payout for any local authority in the country.

North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones and Devon County Council leader John Hart welcomed the news, after meeting to discuss how the money will be used.

Mr Heaton-Jones said he had lobbied hard for North Devon to gets its fair share,

He said: “This is a huge bonus for our area. In the Budget, the Chancellor announced a cash injection of £420 million for road maintenance across England, but it was unclear at first how much Devon would get.

“At our meeting I pressed John Hart to ensure North Devon gets our fair slice of the cake and that pothole repairs will be the top priority.

“Potholes are often the bane of people’s lives, and the problem has been particularly bad recently because of the freezing winter and baking summer which damaged road surfaces.

“The council has reduced the number of potholes recently thanks to extra government funding. But this new money – which can also be used for other minor roadworks and local bridge repairs – will mean yet further improvements are possible.”