Councils Express Concern over Funds to Repair Damaged Roads

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Councils Express Concern over Funds to Repair Damaged Roads


MASSIVE spending cuts imposed on local councils have sparked fears that sufficient money to repair potholes and damaged road surfaces might not be available this year.

Last spring the Local Government Association (LGA) successfully lobbied the Government for an additional pounds 100m in funding to deal with the spate of potholes created by the big freeze.

But now - with the coalition Government cutting councils' funding for roads maintenance by 19% over the next four years - there are concerns that a repeat of the bale-out might not be forthcoming.

Prof Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said recently: "Given that the financial situation is as bleak as the weather, motorists should expect more problems.'' Yesterday a LGA spokesman said councils across the country were still assessing the impact of the freezing conditions on roads, and it was too early to say whether another lobbying campaign for additional Government funding would be necessary. "That is clearly an avenue we will be discussing with councils and the Department for Transport over the next few weeks, but we can't say at the moment whether there will be a repeat of last winter. We are closely monitoring the situation.

"The recent weather means there are clearly going to be issues (with potholes) again this year, but we think it is too early to be jumping to conclusions. …

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