Government to hand out £4million to repair potholes in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire

Government to hand out £4million to repair potholes in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire

Government to hand out £4million to repair potholes in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire

First published in News Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Rangeworthy, Wickwar, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath and Old Sodbury

NEARLY £4million extra funding is being made available to repair pot holes in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

Gloucestershire County Council is to received an additional £3,384,269 in government funding just announced.

The money is on top of £3,308,360 made available in March and means the authority will have a total 2014-15 budget for road maintenance of nearly £14million.

In South Gloucestershire, more than £600,000 extra funding is being awarded to the district.

The funding is in addition to the £479,000 announced in March to help repair damage caused by the winter weather.

It means that, in total South Gloucestershire will receive over £1million this year to tackle roadworks, on top of its existing 2014-15 road maintenance funding of just over £4.12million.

Cllr Pat Hockey (Lib Dem, Frampton Cotterell) said: “This will be welcome news for all South Gloucestershire residents and road users. It’s good to see South Gloucestershire getting a fair share of central government funding.

“We saw some of the worst weather on record this winter and I am pleased that the government has recognised the strain this has taken on our local roads.”

The government has announced it is sharing £168million between 148 councils to help fix three million potholes by March 2015. The Department of Transport has said it costs on average £53 to fix every pothole.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "Potholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding announced 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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7:06pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Born,Bred&Disillusioned says...

Maybe if South Gloustershire County Council stopped wasting money and tarmac on speed humps, they might have enough left to repair the roads instead.
Maybe if South Gloustershire County Council stopped wasting money and tarmac on speed humps, they might have enough left to repair the roads instead. Born,Bred&Disillusioned
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7:59pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Exolvestonresident says...

And paths that are not needed and noone walks down - Old Down to Alveston springs to mind. Drive this route regularly and never seen anyone on the path except someone on a horse!
And paths that are not needed and noone walks down - Old Down to Alveston springs to mind. Drive this route regularly and never seen anyone on the path except someone on a horse! Exolvestonresident
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