The Government has handed out extra cash to the local authorities to carry out road surface improvements and repair potholes in Gedling borough.
Nottinghamshire County Council – who manage the road network across Nottinghamshire – had been told in the summer it was likely to receive around £839,000 for pothole repairs for 2017/18, which would have repaired the equivalent of around 15,830 potholes over the year.
However, the council has now been told this figure will increase to £1,174,000 for 2017/18 and that this funding means that the local authority will be able in effect, to fill in excess of 22,000 potholes, 40% more than originally expected.
Councillor Alan Rhodes, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We welcome this news as it comes against a backdrop of more than £212m savings that we as an authority have had to make since 2010 as a result of Government funding cuts.
“Nottinghamshire looks after a network of around 2,600 miles of road and spends more than £2.8m a year on carriageway repairs such as patching and filling in potholes.”
Nottinghamshire County Council, working with Via East Midlands, which manages highways services on behalf of the authority, will now begin to identify some of the areas which require road surface improvements.
Councillor Kevin Greaves, Chairman of the Transport and Highways Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Our improved methods are dramatically reducing the time taken to repair most potholes, create a much more responsive service for residents and also increase the longevity of repair.”
“Our new approach to filling potholes and our ‘find and fix’ teams, means that we are filling more of the most urgent potholes – usually within one working day of them being found or reported.
“There are still locations where it is more appropriate to use conventional repair methods but, overall, the two new methods mean many more potholes are being repaired in a cost-effective way, using an advanced material which is particularly effective in wet weather.”