Funding of £1,600,000 has been awarded to help towards tackling the worst potholes on Staffordshire’s roads
As part of the national Pothole Action Fund, Staffordshire County Council has been awarded almost £1.6 million to help towards repairing potholes in the county in 2017/18/. This £500k increase on this year has been welcomed by the county’s highways chief.
Although the core grant for road maintenance has been reduced, Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said the council was determined to get maximum value and efficiencies for every pound spent.
“Maintaining good roads are important to the council, to local communities and to businesses and any further investment to tackle potholes is always welcome.
“This year we used some of the pothole money to bring in three “pothole blitzing” roadmaster machines into the county and we will now be looking at how we can invest next year’s allocation to get the maximum benefits for road users and the best value for money for taxpayers.
“Although we welcome the news, it is important to remember that as well as fixing existing potholes, new ones are also occurring, so it is an ongoing challenge especially in a county the size of Staffordshire to keep on top of the backlog”.
The Department for Transport has announced the “pothole fund” for Staffordshire in 2017/18 will be £1,582,000 compared to £1,069,000 in 2016/17. The core grant for maintenance will be £17,848,000 compared to £18,405,000.