Potholes and road repairs a priority

Councillors were assured that potholes and road maintenance were not going to suffer from budget cuts after concerns were raised this week.

At Tuesday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s economic prosperity and strategic services overview and scrutiny committee, Coun Glen Sanderson said that he didn’t want money taken away from a ‘seriously deteriorating road network’.

He pointed out that there was a saving of £98,000 being made by funding car-park resurfacing from the Local Transport Plan, which would be better used on the roads.

Reference was also made to an additional £3.9million allocated from the Government for capital spending on roads over two years. While this is capital funding and pothole repair is revenue spending, work to resurface a length of road could be funded using this money.

Coun Andrew Tebbutt also pointed out that while there were savings (£2.9million), the local services budget is still around £71million.