Council pothole repair funds doubled

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COUNCILS across Hampshire will get millions of pounds of extra government funding to repair potholes.

Hampshire County Council – which repairs roads in Fareham, Gosport and Havant – is set to receive more than £6m, while Portsmouth City Council will receive around £250,000.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has written to all English local highway authorities to say he is doubling pothole maintenance funding to £200m for one year to help with road repairs after the winter’s severe weather.

He said: ‘Potholes are a menace to all road users and I want councils to make fixing them a priority.

‘That is why, when more funding became available, I agreed with the Chancellor that we would double the amount of money we are providing for repairs to be carried out.’

Peter Box, spokesman for the Local Government Association, welcomed the increase.

He said: ‘Even as council budgets are being cut, it is vital that highway maintenance is sufficiently funded over the coming years if we are to prevent roads from crumbling into disrepair.’