Council gets an extra £224,000 to mend potholes

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South Tyneside Council is set to fill in 4,000 potholes after being given £224,000 to pay for the work.

The handout was welcomed by council chiefs eager to clear up a backlog of repairs needed to damaged roads.

The council has to pay about £250,000 a year to fix potholes.

The latest funding of £223,978 from the national pothole repair fund follows on from the £172,647 the council was given by the Government in March to tackle weather-related damage caused to borough roads.

Coun Tracey Dixon, the council’s lead member for area management and community safety, said: “We know that good road surfaces are essential to highway safety. This
funding is a welcome addition to the work we are already doing to fill in potholes and repair damaged roads right across South Tyneside.

“Potholes, in particular, are a major concern for local authorities the length and breadth of the country as a result of the severe winter weather of recent years. However, this extra money will help us to make sure our roads are maintained to safe standards for all highway users as quickly and effectively as possible.”

People in one borough street – Rothbury Avenue in Monkton Village, Jarrow – have even claimed it is one of the most pothole-scarred roads in the UK.

Nationally, councils have been given £168m to spend on fixing three million potholes.

As a condition of receiving the money, local authorities will be required to publish monthly progress updates on how many potholes have been repaired.

In total, 148 authorities applied for funding, and all will receive a share of the cash.

A greater share is being provided to a number of so-called model authorities able to demonstrate best practice in highways maintenance by investing in new technology and initiatives.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Potholes are the bane of all our lives, and the funding announced today is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace.”

However, the allocation earmarked for South Tyneside Council is lower than those given to neighbouring authorities.

Sunderland City Council can fill in 8,000 potholes with its funding pot of £440,371.

And Gateshead, North Tyneside and Newcastle councils can each fill in 6,000 holes with their allocations of £340,300, £324,295 and £358,055 respectively.

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