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Government pothole cash allocated to local roads

Thursday, 11 April 2024 18:01

By Chris Young, Local Democracy Reporter & Stuart Clarkson, Rombalds Radio

The first roads locally to benefit from millions of pounds of funding to repair potholes has been revealed.

Busy roads such as Belle View in Ilkley and Howden Road in Silsden are included in the list of planned works.

And the Keighley and Ilkley constituency will get tens of thousands of pounds to help repair unadopted roads.

The pothole cash is being distributed to local authorities after the Government decision to scrap the Northern leg of HS2 – the long promised rail scheme that was due to be the biggest infrastructure project in the North for decades.

After the controversial announcement, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak revealed that some of the money saved through the cancellation of the multibillion pound project would instead go towards routine road repairs – which he argued were a higher priority for the electorate.

The Government has said councils will need to publish lists of roads that will get the cash, as well as regular updates for residents starting from June.

Failure to do so could lead to future funding for roadworks being withheld.

This week a list of the first set of roads in the district to benefit from the work was published by West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which is distributing the cash locally.

The roads in our area include:

  • Back Grangefield Avenue, Burley (£23,000)
  • Back Lawn Avenue, Burley (£22,000)
  • Back Norwood Terrace, Burley (£10,000)
  • Suresnes Road, Keighley (£40,000)
  • Reservoir Road, Stanbury (£55,000)
  • Belle Vue, Ilkley (£15,000)
  • Wheathead Lane, Keighley (£48,000)
  • Granby Lane, Keighley (£35,000)
  • Howden Road, Silsden (£22,000)
  • Micro Asphalt will also be laid on The Robins in Burley (£8,000).

Funds will also be allocated to posts to serve whole constituencies. The Keighley and Ilkley constituency gets £85,530 for carriageway patching, £75,000 for footway slurry sealing / resurfacing and £175,000 for resurfacing unadopted roads.

A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “Councils in Yorkshire and the Humber have already been paid over £14 million to get on with the work and deliver improvements, with another £14 million following in this financial year.

“As a condition of this funding, and to make sure money is being spent on pothole repairs, local authorities are required to publish a two-year plan detailing exactly which local roads will benefit.

“An initiative intending to bring increased transparency to how local councils deliver taxpayer-funded improvements, residents in Yorkshire and the Humber can now immediately see the benefits to their area made possible by reallocated HS2 funding, holding their local authority to account for delivering local road improvements.

“Having submitted their first reports last month, councils in Yorkshire will now also be required to submit quarterly reports from June, announcing work which has taken place over three months, meaning residents will now regularly be able to scrutinise the progress their local authority is doing to tackle potholes.”

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “Alongside this unprecedented funding, which is already being used to improve local roads, we’re making sure residents can hold their local authority to account and see for themselves how the investment will be spent to improve local roads for years to come.”

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