North Somerset Council has welcomed the announcement of £2.227m funding from the government’s Pothole Fund.
It is the second of five instalments from the £2.5 billion Potholes Fund up to 2024/25 announced by the Department for Transport (DfT) and is essential in allowing the council to maintain a safer network for all road users.
The money will be used by the council’s highway maintenance team to repair potholes, carry out resurfacing schemes and other preventative works on roads across North Somerset.
This additional money now brings the council’s budget available for highway maintenance to £5.9m for 2021/22 from the Government’s pothole and road maintenance funds, a 15 per cent reduction on last year’s budget. This figure includes the council’s own contribution of £1.25m.
The current spending required to maintain North Somerset’s roads in their existing condition is estimated at £10m per year. While the current funding levels will inevitably lead to a decline in the network overall, the council will continue to use innovative treatments, technologies and good asset management to slow the decline and reduce the risk of potholes forming wherever possible.