More than £250k to repair potholes

�250,000 has been awarded to help fill in potholes.
�250,000 has been awarded to help fill in potholes.

More than £250,000 has been awarded to North Tyneside Council to help repair roads damaged by severe weather.

North east councils received nearly £6.3m between them from the government, with North Tyneside awarded £251,071.

Coun Frank Lott, cabinet member for economic development, welcomed the funding but called on utility companies to also pay for repairs.

“I’d like to thank the government for this small contribution to our programme of road repairs,” he said.

“However, I have long maintained that, because the majority of potholes are caused by invasive work on our road surfaces by the utility companies, then they should be required to make a hefty contribution from their soaring profits.”

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “This extra money will help make a real difference to road users and residents across the north east who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”