Response to Pothole Repair Fund allocations

News that Plymouth is to receive just £359,114 from the Government’s Pothole Repair Fund has been met with anger and disappointment today.

Council Leader Tudor Evans said: “Once again, Plymouth has been short changed when it comes to funding for pothole repairs.

“Why is it that quiet leafy roads in Devon are being awarded almost double the funding per kilometre that Plymouth’s hard working transport network is to receive?

“There are clear inconsistencies when it comes to way money is allocated and the funding gap between Plymouth and some of its neighbouring authorities is continuing to widen.

“We’re pulling out all the stops to make extra resources available – in the face of widespread Government cuts – to tackle the severe damage inflicted on our roads.

“This is the second year we’ll be investing an extra £2 million on road repairs through our contractor Amey, as part of our commitment in 2013 to spend an additional £20 million over 10 years.

“Is this why we’re receiving so little support? It seems to me that the less proactive you are in tackling the problem and the less you invest, the more you are rewarded.

“We need significantly increased and consistent funding to invest in the widespread resurfacing projects the city needs and deserves. In the meantime we’re doing all we can to repair as many problem areas as possible.

“A major repair programme will get under way next week, which will see 37 whole roads and larger sections of road across the city resurfaced over the summer.

“We will also be carrying out structural reconstruction, preventative micro-asphalting and large-scale patching, alongside an improved day-to-day road maintenance programme.”