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BREAKING: County Council to match £5.5million of road repair funding

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Lincolnshire County Council has pledged to match the government’s additional road repair funding of £5.5million.

The authority underspent its budget last year and the Executive is recommending that the council should spend over £5.8million of this remaining money on road maintenance and improvements.

The council listed reasons for its underspend including; a mild winter, savings generated from the energy from waste facility, and a reduction in the amount of money the authority had to borrow to fund major capital projects.

Councillor Martin Hill, leader of the council, said: “We were able to spend less than we expected over the last financial year and we’ve agreed to use a significant proportion of this surplus to bolster the highways maintenance budget.

“This means we can effectively match the extra government funding that was recently announced.

“With the extra money we’ve already received this year, the total additional investment in our roads is more than £14million, and this is on top of the £50million we spend annually on maintaining the county’s roads.”

More than 50,000 potholes were filled in 2013 and 2.2million square metre of road resurfaced.

The council will double the amount of resurfacing to over 4million square metres and permanently repair more potholes.

 

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