FLOOD-DAMAGED roads in Gloucestershire will receive a £1 million investment from the local authority this year.

The county council approved the investment at a meeting on Monday, January 7.

This financial injection is to fund repair work on the roads worst hit by floods in November and December.

Following last year’s flooding, Gloucestershire Highways assessed the state of roads around the county.

Highways teams identified 55 roads in need of remedial work due to landslips, potholes, drainage problems or damaged road surfaces following the deluges.

One of the areas in need of the most urgent work is Wotton-under-Edge’s Old London Road. Heavy rain in November caused a landslip, leaving the road impassable when blocked by mounds of earth and trees.
Damaged Knapp Lane in Coaley has also been highlighted as a priority. The carriageway requires resurfacing.

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for communities, said: "Heavy rain in recent weeks has caused damage to roads across the county.

"Gloucestershire County Council is determined to keep the county moving in the interest of local residents and businesses and that’s why we’re proposing investing this money to repair these damaged roads as soon as possible."

The county council said the £1 million will come from council underspend.

Normally the annual budget for road maintenance in Gloucestershire is £15 million.