Is £3million enough to tackle Hartlepool’s pothole problem?

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HARTLEPOOL Borough Council is to get more than £3million over the next three years to tackle pothole problems.

The Government has announced details of how it will share out highways cash across the region for the next three years.

Hartlepool will get £1.18million in the financial year 2015/16, £1.08million in 2016/17 and £1.05million in 2017/18.

A council spokesman said the authority welcomed the new money, but would continue to seek alternative ways of boosting its highways budget.

“We welcome today’s announcement that the council will receive just over £3million to invest in improving Hartlepool’s roads between 2015 and 2018.

“The slight increase in funding the council will receive is good news for the people of Hartlepool and businesses based in the town,” he said.

“It is vital we have good quality roads and, before today’s announcement, Hartlepool council had already been successful in identifying and securing a number of grants to improve the town’s road network.

“The council will continue to identify sources of funding so that we can continue to make improvements and ensure Hartlepool has the best roads possible.”

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Roads play a significant part in everyday life. Poorly-maintained local roads, blighted by potholes, are a menace to all

road users, particularly during the festive period as people travel to see family and friends.

“It is vital we have good quality roads.

“This government has already taken strong action by spending £1 billion more on local roads maintenance than was spent in the previous parliament.

“This huge investment is part of our long term economic plan to ensure we have a transport network fit for the 21st century.”

The Department for Transport allocates funding to local authorities based on local need, so councils with larger highway networks receive more of the funding.

It was also announced £578million has been set aside for an incentive fund scheme, to start in 2016, which will to reward councils who demonstrate they are delivering value for money in carrying out cost-effective improvements.