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Wirral applies for its share of £168m pothole fund
WIRRAL’S roads could get a much-needed repair if a bid for money from a £168 million pothole funding is successful.
The fund, announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s budget earlier this year, has attracted bids from local highway authorities across the country.
Wirral Council submitted its own application for funding on May 22, with decisions on who has received what expected to be announced in July.
The funding will be used to repair more than three million potholes across Britain.
It comes on top of £10 billion already given to councils in England for local roads maintenance between 2010 and 2012.
Authorities who get funding will have to sign a pothole pledge setting out clearly how many potholes they will fix by March next year so that local communities can have confidence that action will be taken.
A spokesman for Wirral Council said: “There will now follow a process of evaluation of all of the bids submitted by the Department of Transport, before a decision is made regarding offers to be made to individual councils.
“It is expected that those offers will be made, and the decisions announced early in July 2014.”
If successful, the authority will need to declare the number of potholes that will be repaired using the amount of money on offer.
It will also be required to make regular progress reports on how many have been repaired each month.
The details of the accepted offer, the pledge regarding the number of potholes, and Wirral’s progress reports will be published on the council’s web page.
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