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Cash boost for the South Derbyshire roads most in need of repairs

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 14, 2014

Pothole in Church Gresley

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A HITLIST of roads in South Derbyshire that are in most urgent need of repair has been revealed.

It was drawn up after councillors across the county were asked to nominate pothole-riddled and damaged roads after Derbyshire County Council was allocated more than £2 million to address the issue which has been causing endless frustration for motorists.

Dozens of roads have been included in the scheme, with repairs scheduled to be carried out by the end of the current financial year.

They include the junction of A444 Burton Road and Woodville Road, in Overseal, Geary Lane, in Bretby, and the B5006 and A514 in Ticknall.

A number of other roads that have been ravaged by the elements in villages including Repton, Etwall and Hatton are also due to be repaired.

Council chiefs said requests that had failed to make the cut would be ‘kept on file’ for consideration in the future.

The state of the region’s roads has been a huge talking point in recent months.

In March, the Mail implored highways chiefs to act following numerous complaints from frustrated drivers.

A county council report said: “Recent winters have caused significant damage to highway networks through a number of different influences.

“Frost damage during prolonged periods of cold weather and the effects of heavy rainfall and flooding have both been major influences.

“In recognition of this, Government has made a number of financial allocations for local highway authorities.

“In order to address the issues of greatest concern to the public, county councillors have been consulted and have given numerous locations where works are desirable.”

The pot of cash for councils was welcomed in Derbyshire, but some have doubted whether it will be a permanent solution.

The county council’s transport chief Dean Collins said: “Potholes are a nuisance for all those who use the roads.

“Although this cash is welcome it just won’t be enough to fix all the potholes that have appeared on our roads since the severe wet weather.

“Hundreds of new ones appear on our roads each week.”

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