Extra £400k to repair pothole-ridden roads

New cash will fund similar road repairs.

New cash will fund similar road repairs.

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ROADS across the Fylde coast are set for a government cash boost.

Blackpool Council has been allocated just over £400,000 in additional funding, while Lancashire County Council is to receive £5.5m.

The money, which is part of a £28m funding package for the North West, will go towards keeping roads across the region pothole free.

As a condition of receiving the cash, each council must publish exactly how it has been spent at the end of the financial year.

In Blackpool, the money will be used to supplement ongoing work on Project 30 – the four year programme to upgrade all the resort’s roads and pavements.

Coun Fred Jackson, the council’s cabinet member for streets and transport, said: “We are delighted with the cash boost for local roads.

“It is a very welcome addition to maintenance funds from the Department of Transport.

“At this stage we are not sure exactly how the budget will be allocated, but it will be in conjunction with the work of Project 30, to renew, repair and extend the life of our highways network.

“We recently received national recognition for our road improvement scheme being the most improved town in the country.

“This additional funding will help to continue this success.”

Blackpool Council has borrowed £30m to fund Project 30 which is being paid back through highways funding allocations. It will see 295 main roads, 82 miles of footpaths and 295 side streets repaired or renewed.

Lancashire’s share of the cash will be spent across the different districts including Fylde and Wyre.

Among the priorities it could target are road resurfacing, maintenance to bridges and repairing damage to roads caused by severe weather conditions.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “This extra money will support economic growth and development by helping local authorities in the North West to get the best out of their local road networks.”

Paul Maynard, Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP, said he believes the money should be spent on the Promenade. He said: “This is fresh money being given by the Government, I suggest we have an opportunity to put the prom right.

“I urge Fred Jackson to do the right thing with this money and sort out the prom, with the balance to be spent on other areas which are currently in a poor state.”

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