Bor­ough to get ex­tra £ 1m to help fund high­way re­pairs

Solihull News - - JULIAN KNIGHT MP - DAVID IR­WIN Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter

MORE than £ 1 mil­lion will be ploughed into patch­ing up pot­holes, re­pair­ing roads and keep­ing bridges safe in Soli­hull.

The bor­ough will re­ceive a share of the £ 43.5 mil­lion, which the gov­ern­ment had pre­vi­ously an­nounced to im­prove the re­gion’s crum­bling high­ways.

Last week, Soli­hull coun­cil­lors were briefed on the £ 1.16 mil­lion which would be made avail­able to the bor­ough.

Coun­cil­lor Ted Richards ( in­set), cab­i­net mem­ber for trans­port and high­ways, said that the ex­tra money for his depart­ment was wel­come.

“I think it’s go­ing to be very ad­van­ta­geous, after the con­di­tions we had last win­ter,” he told the Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­port­ing Ser­vice.

“[ The gov­ern­ment] recog­nise that it’s im­por­tant we main­tain the high­ways to the high­est stan­dard we can.” The money must be spent by March 31 next year and is only avail­able for “clas­si­fied” roads - which are the main routes through the bor­ough. While there have been con­cerns about a risk of un­clas­si­fied roads de­te­ri­o­rat­ing, Cllr Richards ar­gued that it tended to be the busier high­ways which ex­pe­ri­enced the great­est wear and tear. The bor­ough’s al­lo­ca­tion is broadly in line with amounts awarded to neigh­bour­ing au­thor­i­ties. Coven­try ( £ 1.22m), Dudley (£ 1.34m) and Sandwell ( £ 1.42m) all re­ceived slightly more, but Soli­hull’s grant is more gen­er­ous than those al­lo­cated to Wal­sall ( £ 1.07m) and Wolver­hamp­ton ( £ 998,000). The lat­est money from the Depart­ment for Trans­port ( DoT) comes on the back of a £ 280,000 sum handed to Soli­hull ear­lier in the year.

Soli­hull will re­ceive a share of gov­ern­ment money al­lo­cated to im­prove the bor­ough’s crum­bling high­ways

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