£620,00 for repairs — but is it enough?
Reporter: Lobby Correspondent
Date online: 21 December 2012
OLDHAM has been given £620,000 of government cash for road maintenance — amid warnings of a looming “pothole crisis”.
The Department for Transport handed out grants to deliver “smoother, safer and more reliable journeys”.
But the £215million pot is only a third of the estimated £600m of damage caused to local roads from a severe winter. It follows a £432million cut in road-maintenance budgets across the country in 2011-12.
Last month, the Local Government Association (LGA) warned of the spread of dangerous potholes.
Some councils have started repairing only larger potholes in an attempt to save money.
To receive the new money, councils must explain how it is being spent.
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