Lincolnshire County Council has announced today (Wednesday) that it will add to the £5.5 million pothole fund granted by the Government last month.
The local authority’s cabinet has pledged to spend an additional £5.8 million on road maintenance and improvements, made possible by underspending its budget last year. This is being put down to a mild winter, savings generated from the energy waste facility, and a reduction in the amount of money the authority had to borrow to fund major capital projects.
The news follows a story uploaded on to the Journal’s website this morning which quoted LCC chief executive Tony McArdle as saying the council “needs to save a further £90 million annually over the next few years” and proposes to cut 105 management posts. However, this is being challenged by Unison which claims 500 jobs could be lost.
An extra spend of £5.8 million on the roads will allow LCC to fill thousands more potholes over the coming year.
Leader of the council Councillor Martin Hill said: “We were able to spend less than we expected over the last financial year and we’ve agreed to use a significant proportion of this surplus to bolster the highways maintenance budget. This means we can effectively match the extra government funding that was recently announced.
“With the extra money we’ve already received this year, the total additional investment in our roads is more than £14 million, and this is on top of the £50 million we spend annually on maintaining the county’s roads.”
According to the local authority, more than 50,000 potholes were filled in 2013 and over 2.2 million square metres of road were resurfaced. This year, the council plans to double the amount of resurfacing to over four million square metres, and permanently repair even more potholes.