Additonal funds for pothole problem ‘not enough’

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:49 16 November 2018

File photo dated 04/04/18 of a car passing a pothole. Britain's road network will in the future be repaired by robots - which can fill in a pothole in a minute.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday June 11, 2018. See PA story SCIENCE Potholes. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

File photo dated 04/04/18 of a car passing a pothole. Britain's road network will in the future be repaired by robots - which can fill in a pothole in a minute. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday June 11, 2018. See PA story SCIENCE Potholes. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

PA Wire/PA Images

The government is set to invest more than £1million to improve pothole problems in North Somerset.

However, deputy council leader Elfan Ap Rees has already conceded ‘we could do with more’.

The department for transport has revealed plans to invest an additional £1.7million to help fund repairs and improvements to highways in the authority.

As executive member for transport, Cllr Ap Rees said the council ‘welcome any additional funding coming into North Somerset to help the roads.’

He said: “It is not enough to clear the backlog since we left Avon.

“We used to get a small amount of the budget with most going towards repairs in Bristol and we have been playing catch up ever since.

“We have yet to sit down with the officers and determine where and how we will use the additional funding.

“Maintaining our roads is of vital importance and we want to improve them.

A Department for Transport survey conducted in March suggested North Somerset’s roads are some of the best in the country, with just one per cent of the district’s A-roads in need of repair and four per cent of B and C-roads.

For unclassified roads the figure is just three per cent meaning only three authorities in England fare better.

The council which is responsible for 1,100 kilometres of roads across the district reportedly repaired an estimated 500 potholes in the same month, with 95 per cent of potholes in the area fixed within 28 days of being reported.

Roads Minister Jesse Noman said: “Potholes are a huge problem for all road users, and too often we see issues occurring at the same place time after time.

“That is why the Government is investing £15billion between 2015-20 and a further £28.8billion to 2025. Plus an immediate extra £420million for potholes and local road maintenance this year.

“The South West will be getting an extra £71million this winter to keep its roads in good condition.”

In 2017, North Somerset Council spent £199,000 repairing potholes.

It is estimated 9,000 potholes were permanently repaired.

Other News Stories

08:46

A proposal to replace a pelican crossing with a zebra crossing has sparked safety fears in Nailsea.

Read more

A rotary club has handed hundreds of pounds to the Clevedon and District Foodbank to support its work in the community.

Read more
05:58

The following cases were heard at North Somerset Courthouse from November 5-14.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

Improvements to a community pool in Pill look set to take place after receiving a major cash boost.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Generous shoppers donated piles of gifts to help families in need this Christmas.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:30

Christmas spirit was in the air at Clevedon’s St Nicholas Fair as people indulged in some late night shopping.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:55

The number of recorded cases of child cruelty and neglect have risen by more than 400 per cent in the past five years.

Read more
Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Portishead estate agent has donated T-shirts to a Pill-based fundraising charity choir group.

Read more
Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sixteen primary schools came together for the National Children’s STEM Science Summit last week.

Read more
Sunday, December 9, 2018

A retired North Somerset social worker, who spent three decades serving vulnerable people across the district, has received a pair of impressive prizes.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the North Somerset Times e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 7°C

Useful Links

Reader Travel

Clevedon Tide report

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

North Somerset Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications