West Norfolk council chief welcomes £5m pothole fund

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More than £5 million of extra government money is to be spent fixing potholes on Norfolk’s roads, the government has revealed.

The news has been welcomed by council leaders who, though they admit they have yet to see the details of the offer, say they want to start work as soon as possible.

Toby Coke, chairman of the county council’s environment, transport and development committee, who represents the Gayton and Nar Valley division, said: “This is a very welcome offer from the Government and urgently needed in Norfolk.

“We still need to see the details and ensure we can meet the conditions of the offer, which we’ll be doing over the next few days, but I’m very keen to secure this money and start using it on the ground at the earliest opportunity.”

In April, the Department for Transport called on councils to apply for a share of a £168 million fund, for which they will have to sign a “pothole pledge”, detailing how many potholes they will fix by next March.

On Friday, officials announced that Norfolk had been awarded around £5.4 million from the fund. That money is on top of £3.7 million of funding for repair weather-related damage, which was announced in March.

Ministers claim that the extra funding will be enough to fix three million potholes on roads across the country.

And they say that making councils sign pothole pledges will help to reassure residents that the money is being used to fix problem sites in their areas.