Norfolk gets cash to mend thousands of pot-holes

Toby Coke. Photo: Steve Adams Toby Coke. Photo: Steve Adams

Annabelle Dickson Political editor annabelle.dickson@archant.co.uk
Friday, June 20, 2014
9:44 AM

Norfolk County Council will have to provide a monthly update on how many pot-holes it has fixed as part of a £5.4m road cash deal announced today.

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The government claims the cash grant could fix 102,000 holes on our roads – although councils will be able to spend the multi-million pound grant on other road repairs.

It comes after it emerged that damage caused by potholes on the region’s roads has seen councils fork out almost £½m in compensation over the past five years.

If councils cannot keep up with the huge repair bill to mend cracked roads after each winter, then they face claims from road users whose vehicles have been damaged.

The figures, from a Freedom of Information request, show that from 2009/10 to 2013/14, Norfolk County Council paid out £67,944.70 in compensation claims for pothole damage, while Suffolk paid out £61,344, which includes its own legal fees, and Cambridgeshire County Council £338,483.71.

Councils were invited to apply 
to the government for a share of £168m.

All councils got something, but a greater share has gone to “model authorities” which were able to demonstrate they were the best at highways maintenance.

Toby Coke, chairman of the environment, development and transport committee at Norfolk County Council, said: “This is a very welcome offer from the government and urgently needed in Norfolk.

“We still need to see the details and ensure we can meet the conditions of the offer, which we’ll be doing over the next few days, but I’m very keen to secure this money and start using it on the ground at the earliest opportunity.”

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Pot-holes are the bane of all our lives and the funding announced today is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace.”

All repair work will have 
to be completed by the end of March 2015, and all the local authorities 
who are awarded funding will have to pledge to use the money to help repair potholes or to ensure that 
they do not appear in the first 
place.

They will also have to produce a monthly update on what they have done with the cash.

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11 comments

  • Hope they use some of the pot hole money in Peterkin Rd as they put the repair in the wrong place how stupid and a waste of money

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    Susan Capps-Jenner

    Saturday, June 21, 2014

  • Soem commentators either dont bother to read the article or ignore it make the same old points about sopending the money on otehr things. Its says;"all the local authorities 
... will have to pledge to use the money to help repair potholes or to ensure that 
they do not appear in the first 
place." Clear enough isnt it? Its for fixing potholes, nothing else.

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    Stephen Strange

    Saturday, June 21, 2014

  • Well, well, obviously the government can't trust Norfolk County Council to use money for the purpose it's provided.......maybe worried that it will migrate to Wheeliebaitor or the other White Elephant, NDR. As an aside, which councillorsofficials are being required to pay compensation towards the incinerator mess?

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    308GT4

    Friday, June 20, 2014

  • Seems from the local TV news Norfolk has over £5 million! Will that be used for repairs, or syphoned off to pay for the NDR which will then fail to be maintained like the rest of our roads.

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    RogerP

    Friday, June 20, 2014

  • The government claims the cash grant could fix 102,000 holes on our roads or the same one 102,000 times.

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    John L Norton

    Friday, June 20, 2014

  • Right that should cover about 200 metres of top dressing that will come off when it gets hot and repairing the same 50 potholes every other other week as they do now.

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    Vic Sponge

    Friday, June 20, 2014

  • Morning moaners. From the looks of it you lot need something to do so how about they train and pay you to do it?

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    Piranha24

    Friday, June 20, 2014

  • The monthly update should be interesting, if its published

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    Derek McDonald

    Friday, June 20, 2014

  • Seems we are all of a similar view. Unless a proper repair is carried out, the problem is only going to get worse. Make do and mend is not the answer.

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    BG

    Friday, June 20, 2014

  • A lot of the problem is that existing repairs are poorly done and fail within a few months.

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    richard

    Friday, June 20, 2014

  • Does this mean that they will be getrting a contractor in who know what they are doing and not do a half ar*ed job, and will the monthly report be made public ?

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    "V"

    Friday, June 20, 2014

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