Meeting to discuss £240k pothole cash allocation

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CIVIC chiefs are set to decide which streets will benefit from a £240,000 Government cash boost.

Hartlepool Borough Council has been awarded the extra funding to tackle roads across town that are blighted by troublesome potholes after the severe winter.

Coun Robbie Payne

Coun Robbie Payne

It is planned to use the cash to resurface roads rather than patch the potholes.

Officers have highlighted 16 streets to benefit from resurfacing work.

Labour councillor Robbie Payne, portfolio holder for finance and procurement, was due to discuss how the cash boost should be spent at a meeting earlier this month.

But he called for further information on the individual schemes so an updated report was set to be considered today.

Streets that could benefit include South Drive, Kingsley Avenue, Jura Grove, Joppa Grove, Wharton Terrace, Hutton Avenue and sections of Park Road and Hart Lane.

Other streets to benefit include Carlton Street, Bright Street, Plymouth Grove, Howden Road, Southbrooke Avenue and Zetland Road.

This work is in addition to 25 resurfacing schemes, which will be carried out over the next few weeks, as previously reported by the Mail.

Two streets which were proposed to be included have been removed after further work was carried out by officers.

Mapleton Road has been removed because of the ongoing revamp of Dyke House Sports and Technology college, while Young Street has been removed from the plans because of the ongoing uncertainty about the nearby Odeon site.

Instead two sections of Millpool Close have been included due to their “rapid deterioration” since the original five-year programme of works was produced.

It comes after the Mail launched the Plot the Pots campaign aimed at highlighting roads that are in need of repairs.

It was launched after council bosses admitted the roads in town were left in an atrocious state after being hit by freezing winter temperatures.

In March this year, George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced the Government was making £200m available to local authorities to help them repair damaged roads.

The funding has been distributed using a formula based on the road length.

Hartlepool’s share is £240,413.

The portfolio meeting was due to take place this morning at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road.

l TO let us know of any roads in your area that suffer from potholes visit the Mail’s website at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk.