Hampshire County Council to spend over £6 million on pothole repairs

Following damaging winter weather, the council will spend a six-figure sum repairing Hampshire's roads.

Following damaging winter weather, the council will spend a six-figure sum repairing Hampshire's roads.

First published in News Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

MORE than £6 million is to be spent fixing potholes on Hampshire’s roads.

The Government announced it has allocated the sum to Hampshire County Council as part of a £168m pot to help repair the country’s roads following damaging winter weather.

Councillor Sean Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment at the county council, said: “I am pleased to see that not only has the Government recognised the extent of the damage to Hampshire’s roads but also that it is reassured the county council can spend this money wisely.

“This £6m comes on top of the £11.5m already awarded, and, I believe, is a reflection of the county council’s commitment to long-term investment in the road network.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said the funds were being given in response to the work already carried out across the county to tackle the problem.

Mr Cameron said: “We have already made an historic investment in Britain’s road network – the biggest since the 1970s – including over £22m set aside for road maintenance in Southampton and Hampshire in this year alone.

“Potholes damage cars, motorbikes and cycles and cost hard-working people money for repairs. Helping fill in potholes is helping hard-working families and we need to do more of it. Hampshire council has shown it is one of the leading areas in the country in its determination to beat potholes, and is receiving extra cash as a result.”

This is the latest in a series of announcements which will see more than £24 billion spent on England’s strategic road network between 2010 and 2021 – the biggest investment in the road network since the 1970s.

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10:27am Mon 23 Jun 14

griffon says...

More drivel from Mr Woodward-pot holes also damage the vehicles of retired and disabled people,not just 'hard-working families'
More drivel from Mr Woodward-pot holes also damage the vehicles of retired and disabled people,not just 'hard-working families' griffon
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8:02pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Juan202 says...

I have to say this will only scratch the surface (no pun intended). The county's roads are in a terrible state and a proper programme is needed to get them in good repair. Can Ms Harper tell us where she got the figure of £24bn being spent on the nation's roads between 2010 and 2012? I don't believe it-it's just government propaganda. I wrote to the Transport Minister about the lack of proper dedicated cycle pathways in Hampshire, and he told me they were spending these huge amounts of money on creating them! All rubbish. Show me the evidence on the ground.
I have to say this will only scratch the surface (no pun intended). The county's roads are in a terrible state and a proper programme is needed to get them in good repair. Can Ms Harper tell us where she got the figure of £24bn being spent on the nation's roads between 2010 and 2012? I don't believe it-it's just government propaganda. I wrote to the Transport Minister about the lack of proper dedicated cycle pathways in Hampshire, and he told me they were spending these huge amounts of money on creating them! All rubbish. Show me the evidence on the ground. Juan202
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