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