Norfolk in dark over share of �100m to fix pot-holes

Norfolk will have to wait to find out if it will get a share of �100m the government is to hand local councils to fix pot-holes.

Norfolk County Council received an extra �2.8m from the government last year to help fix the pot-holes caused, but will not find out whether it will get a similar amount this year until the end of March at the earliest.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond announced the �100m pot today and said the severe weather in December had left many roads in a poor condition, with the daily drive of millions of motorists ruined by pot-holes.

He said: 'I am determined to see the winter damage to our roads fixed as quickly as possible and we will be working with councils to make sure that happens.

'This money should make a real difference to the millions of drivers who are fed up with having to continually battle against dangerous potholes, giving them safer and smoother journeys.'

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To make sure that councils are able to make use of this money as soon as possible, the funds will be distributed to English local authorities based on the amount and condition of roads the authority is responsible for rather than councils needing to apply for the funding.

In order to qualify, councils will need to publish information on their websites showing where the money has been spent.

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Graham Plant, cabinet member for travel and transport at Norfolk County Council, said: 'Our roads have certainly suffered as a result of the extreme weather in November and December, so this extra Government funding will be very welcome.

'The amount has not been set, but we are hoping it will be close to the �2.8m we received last year to address damage caused the previous winter.

'The money will supplement our road maintenance budget and allow us to consolidate earlier pothole repairs, as well as carry out more resurfacing.'

An Evening News investigation last month revealed gaping holes had opened up across the city due to the wintry weather.

There were reports of 'particularly nasty' pot-holes in Gurney Road, near Mousehold Heath, Newmarket Road in Cringleford and at the junction of King Street and Bracondale.

Others have been spotted in Dereham Road, Jessop Road, Lakenham Road and Yarmouth Road.

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