Council given £1.3m to tackle potholes

Northumberland is set to get the largest share in the North East as the Government unveils the allocations of its pothole fund for next year.

Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 9:22 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 11:51 am
Potholes at Doddington

The North East will receive £3.9million specifically for pothole repairs for the financial year 2017/18, it was revealed in a road-funding document from the Department for Transport (DfT).

Northumberland is the region’s largest recipient of the fund and has been awarded £1,328,000 – which the DfT estimates is enough to repair 25,100 potholes across the county.

In addition, Northumberland County Council has also been awarded a highways maintenance block allocation for 2017/18 of £15,507,000 – again the highest allocation in the North East.

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “Potholes may seem trivial, but they can cause great damage to vehicles, incurring high repair costs. I receive so many letters and emails about problem potholes locally.

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“I am delighted this fund has been awarded to fix Northumberland’s potholes. I will be writing to the council to urge them to consider our rural potholes a priority – they have often been neglected in times of financial constraint, in favour of repairing roads in the urban south of the county.

“This new fund means the council can afford to focus on north Northumberland’s potholes.”