Wealden MP, Charles Hendry, has welcomed the Government providing an additional £2.5 million for the maintenance of East Sussex’s roads, as part of a nationwide package worth £183 million.
Mr Hendry said since 2010, the Government had invested £4.5 billion in the maintenance of highways up and down the country.
He said: “Potholes are a recurring problem on our roads, and the record rainfall over the winter has led to a further deterioration of the roads network.
“This extra £183.5million follows the extreme weather in January and February and, following the recent Budget, the Government will provide a further £168 million for the next financial year, taking the total spending to £1 billion per year.
The £168 million, which will be made available to local authorities during the 2014/15 financial year, will be allocated through bid-based funding; allowing local authorities to submit strong applications for this extra money.
Mr Hendry said: “I welcome this extra funding from the Government.
“Wealden has many country roads that are in serious need of repair, as well as those in our towns. This extra funding will be welcomed by both East Sussex County Council and our local communities.
“I am also delighted to that the Government has announced the bid-based Fund for the next financial year. I will be contacting our local authorities, to make sure that they have strong applications ready for when the bidding opens.”
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