Wirral's share of £168m will help rid the borough of potholes

Cllr Stuart Whittingham checking out some of the potholes on Martins Lane, Liscard, which will be repaired soon thanks for the additional funding.

Cllr Stuart Whittingham checking out some of the potholes on Martins Lane, Liscard, which will be repaired soon thanks for the additional funding.

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AROUND 8,000 potholes are set to be repaired on Wirral’s roads thanks to money from a £168 million pothole fund.

The cash, announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s budget earlier this year, attracted bids from local highway authorities across the country.

Wirral Council submitted its own application for funding on May 22 and today found out it will receive £462,452 from the pot.

The funding will be used to repair more than three million potholes across Britain, 8,000 of which are said to be in Wirral.

It is the latest in a series of announcements which will see more than £24m spent on England’s strategic road network between 2010 and 2012 – the biggest investment in the road network since the 1970s.

Authorities who have received funding have to sign a “pothole pledge”, and must publish monthly progress reports on how many potholes have been repaired.

Councillor Stuart Whittingham, Wirral’s cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: “This extra money is helpful to add to that the council has put in this year to repair local roads.

“We routinely keep on top of road repairs which affect safety and carry out preventative schemes which stop potholes forming and this will continue with existing funding.

“However, this extra money will go towards repairing many of those shallower potholes which look unsightly and make a road uneven, but which did not meet that safety criteria for repair.

“We will be reporting regularly on our website about progress in using this money, letting people know how many repairs we have completed.”

In total 148 authorities applied for funding and all will receive a share.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Potholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding announced today is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace.

“But it is only one part of a massive programme of investment to get our country up to speed as part of this Government’s long term economic plan.

“By building, repairing and renewing our key infrastructure we will ensure the future growth and prosperity of this county.”

Parliament is now considering legislation that will transform the Highways Agency into a government-owned company backed by locked-in funding, changes that will eliminate the uncertain “stop-start” funding processes of the past and save the taxpayer at least £2.6bn over the next 10 years.

This huge investment in the strategic road network is reflected by a further £7.4 billion committed to local roads in the next Parliament, along with funding from the £12 billion Local Growth Fund.

All repair works have to be completed by the end of March 2015.

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11:19am Fri 20 Jun 14

The Clowncil Critic says...

Will be interesting to see these monthly reports and updates, considering this equates to £57.80 for each pothole .. should all be complete by August at that price
Will be interesting to see these monthly reports and updates, considering this equates to £57.80 for each pothole .. should all be complete by August at that price The Clowncil Critic
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2:27pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Cheesy Peas says...

Yeah, because the council will genuinely spend this on potholes, won't they?
Yeah, because the council will genuinely spend this on potholes, won't they? Cheesy Peas
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3:58pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Joeblogg85 says...

I know of a big ugly pothole that needs filling up in Wallasey Town Hall ;-)
I know of a big ugly pothole that needs filling up in Wallasey Town Hall ;-) Joeblogg85
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3:24pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Hugo1008 says...

What the hell are they filling the potholes with, Pound Coins and a bit of bitumen,
I would love it if somebody produced an true itemized account for one pothole, lets say 2 meters square 100 millimeters deep, in old money thats a little over 6 foot square 4 inches deep.

One wheel barrow full of medium grade ready mixed tarmac, approximate cost of material less than £100: Labour Cost £300: Overheads, Management, Tax Insurance Tools and Equipment £100
Total Cost. £500
Now make sure you get your £500 quids worth in the street you live in or district where you live, I bet you do not.
And By the way a pot hole that size should take no more than an hour with two men on a dry day.
What the hell are they filling the potholes with, Pound Coins and a bit of bitumen, I would love it if somebody produced an true itemized account for one pothole, lets say 2 meters square 100 millimeters deep, in old money thats a little over 6 foot square 4 inches deep. One wheel barrow full of medium grade ready mixed tarmac, approximate cost of material less than £100: Labour Cost £300: Overheads, Management, Tax Insurance Tools and Equipment £100 Total Cost. £500 Now make sure you get your £500 quids worth in the street you live in or district where you live, I bet you do not. And By the way a pot hole that size should take no more than an hour with two men on a dry day. Hugo1008
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