Friday, 21 December 2012

£3.9 million boost for Northumberland's roads

This week I have been pleased to welcome a £3.9 million funding boost to tackle Northumberlands road network.

The County takes the lions share of an extra £11.8 million fund for local road maintenance in the North East.

The fund is part of a £333 million fund announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement for essential maintenance to renew, repair and extend the life of roads in England. This funding is in addition to the £3billion the government is already providing for councils in England between 2011 and 2015 for highways maintenance.

This maintenance funding could be used for improvements such as road resurfacing and maintenance to bridges.
We have been lobbying hard for extra funding for Northumberland. Our roads are in crisis at the moment, the number of potholes in my part of Northumberland is becoming dangerous.This extra money should help the County Council get the best out of the road networks.

A fair share of this extra funding most come to us here in West Northumberland. I will be keeping a close watch of where the Council actually spends this money."

As a condition of the funding local authorities must commit to publishing a short statement on their websites at the end of each financial year setting out what and where this additional funding has
been spent.