Westhoughton must have ‘fair share’ of new pothole fund

David Wilkinson on Church Street
David Wilkinson on Church Street

Westhoughton must have its fair share of a new £50million fund to fill potholes across the country, councillor David Wilkinson has demanded.

David Wilkinson on Church Street
David Wilkinson on Church Street

Nearly one million potholes will be repaired in England over the next 12 months through the Pothole Action Fund, according to the Department for Transport (DfT).

​Local authorities in the ​North West will receive £6,411,000 – enough to fill 121,000​ potholes.

David Wilkinson on Central Drive
David Wilkinson on Central Drive

Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson said: “Hundreds of residents have come to me over the last few weeks saying they are fed up with the lack of investment in Westhoughton’s roads and footpaths.

“Bolton Council has taken more than 40 days to fill in some potholes and even then it has been a huge struggle to get them to sit up and listen to our concerns.

“The news of this extra government funding is welcome, but Bolton Council must promise Westhoughton residents that they will see their fair share.”

Councillor Wilkinson reported major potholes on Church Street and Central Drive in February yet, despite acknowledging the road defects on the two busy Westhoughton roads, repairs work have yet to be carried out.

The Pothole Action Fund, which featured in last month’s Budget, is worth £250 million over the next five years.

A recent survey by the Asphalt Industry Alliance found that it will cost £11.8 billion and take 14 years to fix roads in England and Wales.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “I know how important well-maintained roads are to people across the country. Almost every journey starts and ends on a local road, so the Government is giving councils £250 million specifically to tackle the blight of potholes in their area.

“This is just one part of our unprecedented investment in local road maintenance over the next five years. We are giving a record £6 billion to local authorities in England that will improve journeys across the regions.”

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.