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More money coming Harlow’s way to fix potholes

Politics / Sat 21st Jun 2014 at 10:04am

ESSEX County Council has successfully bid for extra Government money to mend potholes – obtaining £4.4million from a national pot of £168 million.

Essex County Council is adding £5.6million of funding to this Government money. This extra £10 million will make a significant difference to a large proportion of the county’s worst roads, including those in both towns and rural areas.

Over the next few months, 36 road repair gangs will be deployed across the length and breadth of Essex – 20 more than usual. They will fix the worst potholes and other defects such as drain covers, kerbs and pavements.

Cllr Rodney Bass, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “This funding WILL make a difference. We know that highway defects are one of the biggest sources of dissatisfaction in the county.

“It is encouraging that Essex County Council has been awarded one of the largest shares of the £168 million Pothole Repair Fund announced by the Chancellor in March.

“This is another boost to the investment which Essex County Council itself is already putting in to improve roads, keep transport moving and ensure future economic growth and prosperity in the county.”

Work has already started on road repairs. As this extra money is for the current year, it is anticipated that the necessary works will be carried out by the end of March 2015.

Cllr Bass said: “I must emphasise this will not fix the entire network of potholes across Essex but it will make a difference. I trust that the residents of Essex are beginning to notice an improvement in roads already as a result of earlier initiatives and this latest news will ensure this continues.

“I apologise for any unforeseen disruption these road repairs cause.”

Essex County Council will be spending a further £1 million on white line painting after roads have been repaired.

This follows on from Essex County Council’s success in securing an extra £1million of Government funding earlier in the year to repair the county’s worst flooding hotspots.

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