Potholes plugged with £430,000 boost
Reporter: Lucy Kenderdine
Date online: 24 June 2014
POTHOLE repair work in Oldham has been given a £430,000 boost, which could potentially fix 8,000 holes across the borough.
The funding is Oldham Council’s share of £168 million national pothole repair fund announced in April.
Councillor Dave Hibbert, Oldham council’s cabinet member for housing, planning and transport, said: “Oldham’s roads suffered due to the extreme weather. Last December Transport Minister Robert Goodwill visited Oldham and was impressed by our priority repairs programme. After that we received a significantly higher funding award than many other local authorities.”
Oldham received over £800,000.
Councils were asked in April to apply for extra money from the £168million pothole pot.
“Following our successful bid this extra money will be used to accelerate that project,” said Councillor Hibbert.
This year Oldham’s total funding of over £1,2m is the largest of all the Greater Manchester authorities - but Oldham’s high position means the borough has a greater problem than most with roads damaged by freezing weather.
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