Potholes in North Devon to be filled with Government cash
DEVON County Council has welcomed news that it will receive �3.6 million from the Government for repairing potholes. The money is a share of �100 million announced in the budget earlier this week in response to the damage caused to roads by the harsh wint
DEVON County Council has welcomed news that it will receive �3.6 million from the Government for repairing potholes.
The money is a share of �100 million announced in the budget earlier this week in response to the damage caused to roads by the harsh winter.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: "This additional funding is something we have been campaigning for and I'm glad to see that the Government has taken note of the damage that has been caused to our roads this winter.
"We welcome this money, which will help address some of the problems on our roads, particularly in rural areas, but it won't solve all of our problems.
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"Last winter left us with an estimated repair bill of more than �11 million over and above that of a normal winter, and this year is expected to exceed that figure, so we're constantly fighting an uphill battle. Our teams have been working flat out to try and keep pace with the damage as the potholes form on the county's roads, and we have fixed more than 40,000 potholes across Devon since January.
"Devon is responsible for the biggest road network of any authority in the country with almost 8,000 miles to maintain, which gives an idea of the scale of the task we face. Our roads are vital for the local economy, which is why we invested an additional �2.25 million in our highways when setting our budget last month, and we remain committed to improving Devon's highway network."
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Devon County Council also provided an additional �2 million capital investment in Devon's roads last year, embarking on major repair programme last October.
The council will now look to prioritise which roads across Devon will benefit from this Government funding.