Northants to receive much-needed £700,000 to repair potholes...but gets smallest funding of East Midlands counties

Northamptonshire  will receive �711,000, enough to fill 13,415 potholes.
Northamptonshire will receive �711,000, enough to fill 13,415 potholes.

Northamptonshire will see more than £700,000 of pothole repairs over the next 12 months – but it is getting the smallest funding of the five counties in the East Midlands.

Today the Government announced that nine councils in the region would receive a share of £5.6m.

Northamptonshire will receive £711,000, enough to fill 13,415 potholes.

But that is less than Leicestershire (£717,000), Nottinghamshire (£839,000), Derbyshire (£1.1m) and Lincolnshire (£1.8m).

Cllr Michael Clarke, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for highways, transport and environment, said: “We’re very pleased to have received this additional cash from the Government.

“In Northamptonshire we continue to focus on innovative ways of maintaining and improving the roads, while maximising value for money. This against a backdrop of budgets that are under increased pressure.

“The public recognises the roads require a great deal of attention, as surfaces have suffered due to underinvestment in the past and the cumulative effects of severe winters.

“Highways maintenance remains a high priority.”

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “I know how important well-maintained roads are to people across the East Midlands.

“Almost every journey starts and ends on a local road, so the Government is giving councils in the East Midlands £5.6m specifically to tackle the blight of potholes in their area.

“This is just one part of our unprecedented investment in local road maintenance over the next five years.

“We are giving a record £539 million to local authorities in East Midlands that will improve journeys across the region.”

The funding has been calculated according to the size of the local road network in each area.