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Extra cash to be spent to fix Norfolk’s roads

The road near Ten Mile Bank, near Downham Market, which is disintegrating due to subsidance. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The road near Ten Mile Bank, near Downham Market, which is disintegrating due to subsidance. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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An extra £500,000 is to be spent to help tackle pot-holes on Norfolk’s roads, taking the total bill for this year up to £12.5m.

County councillors agreed at a meeting today (Wednesday) to put take half a million from Norfolk County Council’s reserves to pump into the budget for surface maintenance.

The money will be used to provide surface dressing, which officers see as the most cost efficient way to prevent pot-holes from being formed when water gets beneath the road surface.

And they also agreed to take £1.2m out of the council’s coffers specifically for structural maintenance work on roads in the Fens area, which had badly deteriorated because of drought,

Members of the county council’s environment, transport and development overview and scrutiny panel, heard how the estimated cost of fixing those Fen roads was £4.7m.

A bid to the government for extra cash to help failed, so councillors agreed to release the £1.2m for urgent surfacing and patching work.

With £1.15m already earmarked for those roads, it brings the total which will be spent to repair those Fen roads to £2.35, which will fund half the earmarked schemes.

The meeting also heard how the backlog of repairs needed in Norfolk has increased from £82.7m in 2011 to £89.9m in 2012.

See tomorrow’s Evening News and EDP for the full story on the state of Norfolk’s roads.

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