County to spend £2.6m more on potholes

THE county council is topping up this year’s highways maintenance budget with an extra £2.6m to repair the worst affected winter and drought damaged roads in the county.

Severe winter weather, combined with the recent drought, means more roads than normal are affected.

Executive member, Coun William Webb, said: “We’ve experienced some real extremes of weather which means that more roads than usual have been damaged. We’ve seen the number of potholes increase following some of the worst winter weather for many years recently, and the prolonged drought of around eighteen months has led to lengthy cracks of the road surface in some areas.”

A joint bid earlier this year for £6.5m with four neighbouring authorities for extra Government cash was unsuccessful. Instead the council is delving into its reserves to mend the worst damaged roads.