Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

09/04/10 MP welcomes an extra £1.9m to plug potholes in Lancashi

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed the announcement in the Budget giving Councils extra money to fill in potholes on Britain’s roads after one of the coldest winters in British history .

The Government has announced an extra £100 million funding for local authorities to help put the damage right - including an additional £1.9 million for Lancashire.

The Government has ring fenced this money to make sure Councils use it to make our roads safe by filling in potholes, with each local authority publishing a brief report on the work they’ve carried out with the funding.

We are pressing Lancashire County Council to tell us how much of the Governments £1.9 million will be spent here in West Lancashire and how quickly. The Council say they cannot give us this information as they are currently assessing the state of the roads.

Rosie Cooper MP said: “The big freeze that hit West Lancashire this winter inflicted massive damage on our road network. Snow, ice and plummeting temperatures left a moonscape of pitted and potholed roads to be repaired up and down West Lancashire.

“I’ve received a number of complaints from constituents regarding the problems that potholes cause to road safety – not to mention how unsightly it looks.

“The Government has quite rightly invested more money into our infrastructure to ensure that our roads do not fall apart. We can be sure that this government is on the side of investment and does not want to see our streets fall to bits as a result of cutting off much needed support.”

Rosie has been campaigning on the failure of Lancashire County Council to properly grit local roads and bus routes.

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