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AROUND 10,000 potholes are being fixed every month in the county.

Hampshire County Council says a total of 120,000 potholes have been filled in since the harsh winter of 2013/2014 that tore up road surfaces.

Hampshire was awarded £17.5m from the government as part of the national Flood Recovery and Pothole Repair Fund.

The sum was one of the highest amounts awarded to any local authority in the south east.

Councillor Sean Woodward, in charge of transport, said: ‘The county council has shown it is one of the leading areas in the country in its determination to beat potholes, and received substantial government funding as a result.

‘This money has been a great help in reducing potholes but there is always more work to be done.’

Around £6m of the £17.5m is solely dedicated to repairing potholes, junctions, roadside edges, joints and large patching.

This is on top of the annual highways maintenance budget of £56m which is used to look after Hampshire’s 5,280 miles of roads.

Around 57,000 potholes were fixed during the summer of 2014, figures show.

David Ogden, account director at Amey, the council’s highway contractor, added: ‘We have worked closely with our employees and supply chain over the past year to trial new techniques and ways of working to maximise the number of potholes repaired.’