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Council happy with 'fair' share of pothole cash

Hampshire County Council happy with share of government grant, but still needs more money to fully repair roads

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Hampshire County Council was awarded enough to fix 114,000 potholes

More than £6 million has been awarded to Hampshire County Council in its battle to repair its roads, but it is still a fraction of the estimated £36 million needed to fix all problem areas.

The council, has declared itself satisfied with the 'fair' share it received of the £168 million funding, made available by the government to councils, after it was one of 148 local authorities to bid earlier this year.

The £6,086,445 handed to Hampshire in Friday's Pothole Repair fund grants announcement will be enough to fix around 114,000 potholes.

The government said that authorities who best demonstrated good practice, investment in new technology and looking at new initiatives were awarded a larger amount of the funding, and Hampshire did well in comparison with neighbouring councils.

Surrey County Council received £3,890,662, meaning it can potentially repair 73,000 potholes in the county.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Hampshire's executive member for economy, transport and environment, said he believed the size of the grant was a reflection of the council's commitment to long-term investment in its 5,280-mile road network.

"I am pleased to see that not only has the government recognised the extent of the damage to Hampshire’s roads but also that it is reassured that the county council can spend this money wisely," he said.

"Keeping Hampshire moving is a priority for us. Good infrastructure is critical to Hampshire’s economic prospects and good roads impact enormously on the day to day life of all who live and work here.

"We already have extra gangs and extra machinery out on the network, and are using some innovative techniques to extend the life of Hampshire’s roads as efficiently as possible."

Hampshire County Council’s bid set out the scale of the investment planned to make its roads safer for motorists, cyclists and other users. It included plans to invest in a range solutions to extend the life of the road and manage its condition.

Hampshire had already been granted £11,509,673 in March's Weather Repair Fund, where the government assisted councils put right some of the damage caused by the severe winter weather.

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.

"But it is only one part of a massive programme of investment to get our country up to speed as part of this government’s long-term economic plan."

 
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