Council struggles for road repair cash

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ROADS across Lincolnshire have been damaged as a result of the current drought.

In order to find money to cover the repairs, Lincolnshire County Council is joining four neighbouring authorities to submit a multi-million pound funding bid to the Department for Transport in March.

Efforts are currently ongoing to identity drought damaged roads across the county, assess what needs to be done to repair them, and how much this will cost.

Around 150 locations have already been identified and more than half are in the south east of the county, which includes the general areas of Holbeach, Spalding, Boston and Bourne.

Damage is caused by a lack of moisture in the soil under the roads which causing the surface to become uneven as cracks appear.

Executive member for highways and transportation, Coun William Webb, said: “It makes real sense to work together with neighbouring local authorities that are also suffering with drought-damaged roads.

“Working within much reduced budgets, there is no money specifically available to address this problem, which is why we are making a direct bid to the Department for Transport.

“We want to do all we can to make sure the roads are as safe as possible for people to use.

“We are also currently working together to produce some consistent signage that can be put in place on problem roads, throughout the five counties, to help motorists take extra care in the meantime.”

Lincolnshire County Council received £5.355m following a similar bid back in 2004 – believed to have been the highest amount awarded at the time in the country.

The latest bid is due to be submitted by the end of March.