COUNCIL chiefs will have to sign a special pledge detailing where and when potholes will be repaired as part of a special government scheme to boost road repairs.
The new ‘Pothole Pledge’ scheme will see bosses at Staffordshire and Derbyshire County Council made to ensure that work undertaken as a result of the funding be completed by March next year.
Staffordshire County Council has already been handed £2,131,285 and Derbyshire County Council £2,946,577 from a government pot allocated to help improve the condition of roads after they were battered during recent bad weather.
This additional scheme could see roads across Burton and South Derbyshire further improved, if authorities are successful in bidding for funds.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:“Part of this government’s long-term plan is investing in our roads.
“Potholes are a menace for all road users which is why this extra funding is provided in addition to the £10 billion already committed for councils for road maintenance.
“I want councils to rise to the challenge and to reward councils who come up with new and better ways of making repairs quickly and effectively.
“With this new pothole fund councils will need to clearly set out the scale of the work they are doing, and local communities can have certainty that the money is being spent fixing potholes on their local roads.”
The news comes only weeks after the Mail called on road chiefs to deal with pothole-riddled roads when readers complained about dozens of roads in the area which needed to be improved.
Councils have a responsibility to maintain their roads properly, but the exceptional weather has caused significant additional damage, increasing the amount of damage to the local road network.
Simon Tagg, cabinet support member for transport and connected county for Staffordshire County Council, said: “An effective and well-maintained road network in Staffordshire is key to bringing jobs and prosperity to the county.
“Any extra boost to tackle problems like potholes is always welcome.”