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OTTERY: Council cash to help fund road repairs

Thursday, 04 September 2014

MOTORISTS in Ottery are to benefit from a multi-million-pound programme to patch up storm-damaged roads across Devon. Potholes will be filled on five stretches of road around the town, as part of a new effort by Devon County Council to bring highways up to scratch. The council has developed a programme of repair schemes to help Devon’s roads recover from the wettest winter on record. And more than £9million of funding from central government has been set aside for the major repair project. Some of the money will be put to use in Ottery, with four stretches of road set to be restored. Work will be carried out on Tip Hill and Winters Lane, where the severe weather left its mark earlier this year. Additional repairs on Fairmile Lane, as well as at Fenny Bridges and Buckerell Cross in Feniton, have also been planned. Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s cabinet member for highway management, said: “This additional funding from the Government is providing us with a comprehensive programme to not only repair our roads but also protect them. “As well as targeting pothole repairs, we will also be carrying out more extensive surfacing and drainage work in order to improve the resilience of our highway network.” Repair work first began in June, but a significant injection of cash from central government will allow vital surfacing, patching, crack sealing and drainage improvements to be made in the worst affected areas. A total of £16million of additional funding has now been awarded to the council, which will soon be put to use to repair around 120 miles of road by March next year. More than 50,000 potholes have already been filled in this year, but the damage is so severe that not even the huge amounts of public money made available will completely restore the network. Councillor Hughes added: “Although the £16million we received will be made to go a long way, it will not solve all of our problems overnight. “As we sustained around £24million worth of damage last winter alone, it unfortunately will not repair everywhere that suffered at the hands of the weather.”


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