Repairs: £440,000 to help fix Sunderland’s potholes

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SUNDERLAND drivers are to face a smoother ride after £440,000 was put aside by the Government to fix thousands of potholes.

The money comes from a £168million pothole repair fund, split between local authorities as part of a major investment by the Department for Transport (DfT)

The £440,371 coming our way will fix an estimated 8,000 potholes and comes in addition to the £346,608 allocation from the weather repair fund, announced in March.

“Like many local authorities across the country, highways work has been under pressure because of budgetary constraints,” the council’s portfolio holder of city services, Michael Mordey, said. “Our highways network has also been affected by severe winter weather and flooding in recent years.

“The council has received additional top up funding before from the Government and these extra funds are welcome. However, they haven’t always been enough to cover all of the damage, plus the wear and tear of recent years.”

Today’s announcement follows a competition in which councils were invited to apply for a share of the £168million, which includes £10million being available for London.

The announcement comes as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched a £200million regional growth pot, to support North East businesses.

Companies will be able to bid for a share of the Regional Growth Fund, which is supporting 98 projects, to create and safeguard thousands of jobs and stimulate £1.5billion of private sector investment.

Mr Clegg said: “I’ve seen first hand at Nissan in Sunderland how the fund is supporting businesses that are working hard to fuel our recovery, and help us build a stronger economy.”

An information event for businesses will be held at the Future Technology Centre in Washington, on July 11.