Northampton MP hands in pothole petition signed by 1,200 people to 11 Downing Street

Michael Ellis handing in a petition at Number 11 Downing Street
Michael Ellis handing in a petition at Number 11 Downing Street
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A petition signed by more than 1,200 people calling for more Government money to fix potholes in Northamptonshire has been handed in to 11 Downing Street by Northampton MP Michael Ellis.

For the past 18 months, the Conservative MP for Northampton North has been campaigning for the Government to give more money to the county to help fund road maintenance.

Mr Ellis has invited the secretary of state for transport, Patrick McLoughlin, to the town to look at the state of the roads and see the innovative work the county council is carrying out to fix the potholes more efficiently.

The MP said he believed Northamptonshire should be rewarded with more money in the next budget for its proven track record of delivering road improvements “efficiently and effectively”.

Mr Ellis said: “I raised the issue of more money for Northamptonshire’s roads for about the 10th time with George Osborne last week.

“I believe the petition could really help get more money for the county and I’m really trying to put some pressure on the Chancellor before the Budget statement.”

Mr Ellis has also written an official letter to the transport minister saying he thought it was right that councils that have a “proven track record of excellent work as well as an acute need for pothole repairs” should be rewarded with more money.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, will present his Budget to Parliament on March 19.