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Skegness road condition criticised - but £6m added to highways budget

Pothole ridden roads like this stretch of Berry Way, Skegness, could be repaired with a �6 million government grant for highway maintenance.

Pothole ridden roads like this stretch of Berry Way, Skegness, could be repaired with a �6 million government grant for highway maintenance.

More than six million has been secured to improve the condition of Lincolnshire’s roads - whose state of disrepair has been repeatedly criticised recently.

The Department of Transport has given Lincolnshire County Council £6.415 million to spend on essential road maintenance over the next two years, bringing its total budget to £51 million.

Executive member for highways and transportation Coun William Webb said: “We’re delighted the government has made this significant amount of additional funding available, especially given the difficult financial climate.

“Lincolnshire faces particular challenges for highways maintenance because of its size and rurality, so any additional funding is always welcome.

“We’ll ensure that this money is put to good use and will do all we can to keep the county’s roads in the best possible condition with the cash that’s available.

“Getting the best out of our roads will also help boost the county economy, meaning this money will benefit everyone, not just motorists.”

The announcement follows a spate of angry complaints, criticising the ‘dangerous’ state of local roads.

Skegness resident Darren Hares claims potholes along Berry Way, some almost a foot in depth, have left him with a £300 car repair bill.

He said: “We rely on the car to get about, my wife is my full time carer and we can’t afford to spend three to four hundred pounds on a repair bill.”

Casey Turney, whose partner Jack Hares is Darren’s son, also criticised the state of roads which made it difficult for her and Jack to travel from Skegness to Fantasy Island where they both worked during the summer.

She said: “Half the time we would have to ride in the middle of the road,

“They just get worse and worse.”

The Mayor of Skegness Coun Mark Anderson also described the A52 as appalling during a recent town council meeting.

 

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