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£2.3m pothole money ‘too little, too late’

Coun John Warnock, of Fleetwood Town Council, is concerned about the level of funding for potholes in the town - and across Lancashire.

Coun John Warnock, of Fleetwood Town Council, is concerned about the level of funding for potholes in the town - and across Lancashire.

A Fleetwood councillor says there is simply not enough cash to fix the town’s roads and believes still more Government money is urgently needed to help road authorities.

Coun John Warnock, a Fleetwood Town Council member for Mount ward, was responding to news that Lancashire is to receive an additional £2.3m to fix potholes across the area after the wettest winter on record.

The cash comes in the form of an emergency payment from the Department of Transport to help with road repairs. A total of £140m has been allocated for the entire country.

This money is in addition to a recent Budget announcement that another £200m of Government cash will be provided for pothole repairs across the UK in 2014/15.

It has been welcomed by Fleetwood’s Conservative MP Eric Ollerenshaw, who says there are several roads in Fleetwood which could benefit.

But Coun Warnock says that with the £2.3m expected to cover the whole county, it still isn’t enough, and he says road authority Lancashire Council is forced to use a “sticking plaster” approach to road repairs due to insufficient funds.

Pointing out recent “sinkhole” repairs on Lindel Road and Wingrove Road, he said: “These are more sinkholes than potholes and although they have been fixed, it is like a sticking plaster, just a patch, and they are both already sinking again.

“And these aren’t the only ones in Fleetwood.

“This is an issue that affects everyone who needs to travel on or across roads, whether it be pedestrians, cyclists, car drivers or bus passengers.

“When you hear a figure like £2.3m it sounds a lot, but you could lose a large part of that by fixing Fleetwood alone. Yet this money has to be used throughout Lancashire. The Government needs to provide still more money.”

His concerns were echoed by Coun John Fillis, cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Labour-led Lancashire County Council, who said: “The Government has allocated around £2.2m to fill the £8m hole in funding for road repairs we face every year. It is too little too late.”

 

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