Employment freeze to protect council jobs blamed for state of roads in Wales

Roads and pavements are deteriorating due to a recruitment freeze aimed at protecting council employees’ jobs, councillors have been told. Denbighshire council is facing a £20-£26m black hole next year and a £3.3m shortfall in the current financial year, reports Nation Cymru. At a cabinet meeting at the council’s Ruthin County Hall HQ, council officers […]

Council to invest an extra £10m into road resurfacing to improve Wiltshire’s highways

Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet agreed to invest a further £10m over the next two years into maintaining and resurfacing the county’s roads. The £10m of extra funding, which is on top of the £14m the council will spend this financial year on highways maintenance, is being funded through the council’s capital funding programme. The additional money […]

Wet July saw more rise in report in breakdowns as a result of potholes, says AA

Car breakdowns due to potholes soared in July as repairs slowed during one of the wettest months on record, figures show. The AA motoring organisation said call-outs for car damage from potholes rose by almost 20% compared with last July. Wet weather meant drivers often could not see the potholes while repair efforts by councils […]

£5m for potholes, pavements and roads in Hackney

Over £5m is being spent tackling potholes and maintaining and resurfacing key local pavements and roads this year – as part of Hackney Council’s ambition to support people to walk, cycle and travel safely around the borough. The money is being invested as part of the council’s highway maintenance programme, which prioritises the roads, pavements […]

Derbyshire Council formally accepts £4.2m of additional funding towards highways maintenance and pothole repairs

Derbyshire County Council accepted an additional £4.2m of Government funding for the roll-out of highways maintenance and pothole repairs across the region.. The Derbyshire cabinet formally approved acceptance of the funding from the DfT this week, for highways maintenance and pothole repairs for 2023 and 2024 in the county. County Councillor Charlotte Cupit, cabinet member for […]

Inflation alone pushes up cost of road maintenance backlog in Norfolk

The cost to clear the ‘maintenance backlog’ to bring Norfolk’s roads up to standard has soared to £69m, as inflation pushed the cost up by 20pc in the space of just a year. The council has warned that, without extra government investment, if inflation keeps rising then it will become even harder for them to […]


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