MP urges county to apply for pothole cash for local road

Lorraine Fullbrook
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South Ribble MP Lorraine Fullbrook has welcomed the £168m Government fund for pothole repairs, and has urged Lancashire County Council (LCC) to bid for support.

The Pothole Fund, announced in the 2014 Budget, is enough to repair more than three million potholes across Britain, and comes on top of the £10bn already being given to councils in England for local roads maintenance between 2010 and 2021.

Lorraine has written to Lancashire County Council, urging them to submit a bid to ensure that Lancashire gets its fair share of the Pothole fund.

Mrs Fullbook said: “Councils across England are already being given £10 billion for local roads maintenance but potholes are still a real blight on our local roads.

“This is a great opportunity to improve the roads in South Ribble and make life that bit easier for hardworking people in South Ribble who rely on them to get around.”

“I want Lancashire to get our fair share of this pothole fund, which is why I have written to Lancashire County Council urging them to submit a bid. I hope they now do their bit and step up and bid for this money.”

Local authorities who get funding will have to sign a pothole pledge setting out clearly how many potholes they will fix by March 2015, so local communities can have confidence that action will be taken.

The Evening Post recently revealed LCC paid out almost £17m on highways compensation claims in the past five years, and it claimed severe winter weather causing potholes had an impact.