Hartlepool awarded £130,000 extra to repair potholed roads

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Highways chiefs have been awarded an extra £130,000 from the Government to help repair the town’s crumbling roads.

Hartlepool Borough Council is to receive the additional cash from two funding pots to help local councils improve their road networks and fill in potholes.

Money will be used to resurface entire lengths of road, rather than fill potholes, as it is believed this is the most efficient, long term, use

Mike Blair, Hartlepool Borough Council

The cash will be used to carry out repairs included in the second year of the council’s five year road maintenance works programme plus other urgent areas that have arisen.

Mike Blair, the council’s technical services manager, said: “It is proposed that the total budget of £130,000 will be used to resurface entire lengths of road, rather than fill potholes, as it is believed that this is the most efficient, long term, use for the monies.”

They will include upgrading the full length of Acclom Street, Ashley Gardens, Lauder Street, Drayton Road, Westland Avenue, Manor Close and Ashby Grove.

Other more urgent works will be carried out in Highland Road, Ivanhoe Crescent, Cranwell Road and in Elwick Road between Baden Street and Claremont Gardens.

The authority has been awarded a maximum £66,000 from the Government’s Local Highway Maintenance Incentive Fund for 2016-17.

It was announced by Whitehall last year to reward councils who demonstrate they are delivering value for money in carrying out cost effective improvements.

Hartlepool was also successful in gaining another £64,000 from the Government’s £50million Pothole Action Fund.

It is so local authorities in England can repair more than four million potholes over the next five years.

An annual report for the Department of Transport identifying the progress made per the conditions of the grant on the council’s website.

The proposed use of the new cash was endorsed by the council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee.

The council’s road maintenance budget funded by the Local Transport Plan is £1.086million for 2016-17.

A total of 33 roads all over the town will be repaired or resurfaced over the next year.

Major roads such as the A689, A179 Hart Bank to individual residential streets are all pencilled in for attention.

Other areas are due to include Burn Road between Mainsforth Terrace and Tesco, Oxford Road roundabout, sections of King Oswy Drive and The Parade.