£3.50 a head to patch up ourpotholed roads

CALDERDALE Council is to receive nearly £700,000 from the Government to help fill pot holes in the roads.

And by the end September, the authority will have to publish a list of where the money has been spent.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has written to all English highway authorities to inform them of their share of £200 million, which is double the amount originally agreed.

“Potholes are a menace to all road users and I want councils to make fixing them a priority.

“This represents a significant investment in road maintenance at a time of severe fiscal restraint, demonstrating the Government’s commitment to maintain our infrastructure to support motorists and businesses,” said Mr Hammond.

The funding is in addition to the £831 million already provided to councils for road maintenance this year and the £3 billion the Government has committed over the next four years.

It will be automatically distributed according to the formula used to distribute road maintenance funding, which takes account of road length and condition.

Calderdale’s grant is £683,000 compared to £1,118,000 for Bradford, £1,304 for Kirklees, £1,840 for Leeds and £830,000 for Wakefield.