More cash to fix potholes as area sets its wishlist

David Pentney of Sutton Bridge points to a pothole which damaged his vehicle in Dockings Holt, Long Sutton.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
David Pentney of Sutton Bridge points to a pothole which damaged his vehicle in Dockings Holt, Long Sutton. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Holbeach St Johns, Moulton Chapel and Whaplode are three of the villages named by Free Press readers as pothole blackspots needing repair.

The wishlist on our Facebook page comes as Lincolnshire is to get just over £161 million to repair thousands of potholes in the county with the worst problem in England.

In response to our appeal for readers to tell us where the worst potholes are in the area, Keith Welch said: “They ought to come down Eastgate in Whaplode where the roads are horrendous all the way to Holbeach St Johns.”

South Holland District Council is to lobby the area’s county councillors so that the “lion’s share” of the cash for Lincolnshire is spent here.

District council leader Gary Porter said: “We all know that the roads in Lincolnshire are in an appalling condition and that we have some of the worst roads in the country.

“However, we also know that this is largely due to the ground conditions our roads are built on.

“It’s great that the Government has recognised this and has awarded Lincolnshire County Council £161 million.

“But it’s now up to the county councillors for South Holland to make sure that the lion’s share of this money gets spent here where undoubtedly the roads are in the worst condition.”

In total, the Government is to spend £5.8 billion between 2015 and 2021 on road and pothole repairs in all areas of England except London.

Of the £540 million to be spent in the East Midlands, Lincolnshire will get just over £161 million which will allow the county council to increase its highways maintenance cash pot to just over £31 million in 2015-16.

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways and transportation, said: “Lincolnshire has received the largest amount of funding in the East Midlands to renew, repair and extend the life of our roads.

“This is welcome news and will increase our road maintenance budget significantly to just over £31 million for the next year. This money will help us to repair potholes, prioritising them according to the ones which will protect the greatest number of people first.

“The extra funding from the Government will make a noticeable difference in repairing the county’s roads and part of it will be used to permanently repair the worst potholes.”

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Poorly maintained roads, blighted by potholes, are a menace to all road users.”