East Cambridgeshire roads receive ‘lion’s share’ of pothole repair funds


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Roads in East Cambridgeshire have received the lion’s share of cash spent on repairing potholes by Cambridgeshire County Council, an MP revealed this week.

NE Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay said that drivers in East Cambridgeshire and neighbouring Fenland had seen an £580,000 investment from the county council over the past year.

Mr Barclay said that the highways department had repaired 3,100 potholes across the county’s roads and it was “welcome news” that East Cambs and Fenland had seen the most money spent.

Mr Barclay said: “I have consistently raised concerns that Cambridge receives more funding than other areas in Cambridgeshire which, like ours, is far more in need of investment.

“As such, it was great to finally win a battle of the funds with the announcement that of the £1.9m allocated to Cambridgeshire for the repair of potholes, East Cambridgeshire and Fenland received the largest share.

“I know there are still roads across our area where potholes remain a problem and I will be pushing for the remainder of the funding to be spent on carrying out repairs in these areas.”

Cambridge city, which often sees the largest investment, was allocated the least amount from the pothole fund, which totalled £1.9million for the year.

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It received £386,669, while Huntingdonshire and South Cambs both received £483,334.

So far £1.2million has been spent, with the remainder due to be used by the end of the financial year.

Roads which have seen completed repair schemes to prevent potholes forming include: Branch Bank, in Littleport; North Fen Drove, in Little Downham; and Engine Bank, in Mepal.

Some 25 roads across East Cambs and Fenland have benefited from repair schemes.

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