Council underspend to be invested in county’s roads

Lincolnshire County Council’s Executive has allocated an additional £2 million of funding to spend on road maintenance.

The authority underspent its budget in the previous financial year and councillors have chosen to spend part of this surplus on filling more potholes. Several harsh winters have taken their toll on the county’s roads, and a record number of potholes were reported in 2013. The council’s highways team has already carried out 50,000 more square metres of surface patching compared to the previous year, and this additional investment will mean that this concerted maintenance programme is able to continue.

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “As a result of strong financial management, we ended the last financial year with a small underspend. We have decided to inject £2 million of this surplus into road maintenance – specifically to repair potholes.

“We have already carried out more than 50,000 square metres of surface patching and two million square metres of surface dressing this year – so we are making a difference. This extra funding will help us to maintain this intensity and allow us to make improvements to a large part of Lincolnshire’s road network.”