Extra cash for road repairs
UP to �2m of extra funding is being spent repairing Norfolk's roads after the harshest winter for 30 years.The County Council's Cabinet is set to approve an immediate �1.
UP to �2m of extra funding is being spent repairing Norfolk's roads after the harshest winter for 30 years.
The County Council's Cabinet is set to approve an immediate �1.17m for repairs with additional cash likely to be available later in the year.
The big freeze followed similarly harsh condition last year causing a large number of pot-holes, with the worst conditions on 'B' and minor roads.
The council has already diverted road repair teams and �300,000 from other planned maintenance work to deal with urgent repairs.
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Cabinet member for finance and performance Ian Mackie said: "Careful control of our spending means that, in spite of all the demands of the worst winter for 30 years, we are in a position to inject up to �2m into vital road repairs.
"Acting quickly to consolidate repairs already made, and to tackle remaining potholes, is the best way of protecting our roads - and protecting the council tax payer from even bigger repair costs in the future.
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"Every �100,000 will allow us to either patch around 2,500 square metres of road, or surface dress three to four kilometres of roads, so this really is very good news for local people and businesses who use Norfolk's roads.
The additional funding would cover �500,000 already spent on potholes and patching, with the remainder, up to �1.5m used for permanent patching repairs and surface dressing.
The council has also reviewed its road structural maintenance programme to target high priority routes that suffered winter damage.