1. Extra cash to tackle Middlesbrough potholes

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Alex Metcalfe

    Extra money will be spent repairing Middlesbrough’s roads this year – months on from a “pothole purge” across the town.

    More than 26,000 holes were fixed by council teams to try to fill a mass of problems across the town over 20 weeks last year.

    The town-wide blitz saw more than 1,400 tonnes of asphalt laid across the borough, but many main roads and A-roads weren't included.

    Last week, Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston unveiled an extra £750,000 would go towards fixing roads from April – something he said was “over and above the normal budget”.

    Mr Preston said: “Everyone’s fed up with the potholes on our roads. Because of this people are frustrated with me and the council."

    The council received £1.1m from the Department for Transport’s “pothole fund” this year.

  2. Smoother service sought for potholes report system

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A system meaning drivers complaining about potholes to Cumbria's highways engineers sometimes have their message bounced back saying they are contacting the wrong agency is being reviewed to make it less complicated, a meeting in Barrow was told.


    Councillor Ben Shirley, told a meeting of Cumbria County Council’s Barrow local committee that one resident reporting a hole was told that it was for Highways England to repair that one and not the council.

    Angela Jones, a county council director, said everyone was dissatisfied with the current system of automated responses: "We hope the new system will direct the public straight to the right department so they do not have to keep going back and forth all the time with the same complaint.”

    • The budget to fix potholes in Barrow for the next year will be £742,015.
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  4. Additional £27m to be spent on Devon roads

    BBC Radio Devon

    An additional £27m to be spent on Devon's roads has been approved by county councillors, making the current year's allocation the largest ever annual investment in Devon's road network.

    The funding, from the government’s potholes fund, would be used to repair road surfaces, increase pothole prevention and to combat damage caused to highways, bridges and structures during the winter months, the council was told at a meeting.

  5. Counties call for more roads cash to come to shires

    A report out today says London gets three times as much money for road maintenance per mile as counties like Cumbria.

    Measured in potholes, Cumbria County Council's current tally is nearly 6,700 holes, which is 27% fewer than last year, but still 1,000 more than in 2015.


    The County Councils Network (CCN) is today calling for fairer funding, saying England's shire counties have £21,000 per mile to spend, while London councils have more than £62,000.

    The Government has promised to make £2bn available, but the CCN wants three quarters of it spent in more rural counties like Cumrbia.

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    Video caption: Angry residents complain about potholes around Beckbury in Shropshire

    Angry residents complain about state of roads around Beckbury in Shropshire.

  7. Keep on moving: Potholes get filler treatment

    Almost 16,000sq m of roads are due to be resurfaced in Hull as the council starts a week of action on some of the worst-affected surfaces.

    A van drives over potholes

    The city council will be laying specialist surface treatment to 10 sections of road from today with full road closures being planned on some routes.

    Stephenson Street and Griffin Road are among the roads being treated.