Council to spend £10m on repairing Devon’s roads

Devon Council is planning to inject an extra £10m into repairing the county’s roads this year.

The proposal is due to go before our Cabinet on Wednesday 8 May – in response to recent budget discussions for additional investment in highways, including drainage.

The council a received a better than expected settlement from the government last month to help tackle an overspend on education for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The council said it is now in a position to make extra money available for road repairs and drainage and will be looking to invest another £10m into the highway maintenance budget.

The additional funding will be spent across the county with £7.25m on extensive patching repairs targeting issues identified by highways officers, County Councillors, town and parish councils and communities.

It will also pay for £2m of drainage improvements and £750,000 will be added to the ongoing road marking replacement programme.

A spokesperson said: “Throughout the budget setting process it was recognised we needed to invest more in roads and we’re now in a position to potentially invest an extra £10 million in our highway network.

“The extremely wet weather over the past year has inflicted a huge amount of damage on our roads so this proposed funding is very much needed and will help prevent further decline in its condition.”

The additional funding would be on top of the £59.486 million we’re receiving from the Department for Transport (DfT) for our highway maintenance programme this year, which includes £23.4 million from the Government’s Pothole Fund and £6.663 million from the Government’s Network North funding.

Should the proposed additional £10 million be backed by Cabinet next month, our highway maintenance budget for this financial year will stand at over £72 million. As well as road maintenance this also covers bridge repairs, streetlight replacement and upgrading, road safety improvements, and maintenance of public rights of way and multi-use trails.