Council gets £3m to fix pot hole problem

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Suffolk County Council has been given close to £3million to fix thousands of potholes across the county.

The coalition Government announced last week that it was releasing £168million in funding in order to fix more than 3million pot holes.

Suffolk’s share works out at £2.9 million, which comes after a similar figure was given to the county to repair damage caused to roads during the winter.

Bosses at Suffolk County Council, however, have their own plans for the money.

“While the Government has suggested that this funding could fix as many as 55,000 potholes, in reality, there are nowhere near that many in Suffolk,” said councillor Graham Newman, cabinet member for roads, transport and planning.

“This is just a figure to show the scale of what can be achieved with this funding.

“We intend to use this to target roads with lots of defects, which have either had temporary repairs or will soon need work done.

“Using the funding in this way, we will be able to do good-quality, long-lasting repairs rather than just small short-term repairs.

“We recognise that improving the state of the county’s roads is a top issue for residents and businesses.”