Croydon Council given nearly £1million to spend on fixing Croydon’s potholes
Croydon Council has been given nearly an extra £1million to go towards fixing potholes and other Highways issues across the borough.
The Government has granted the council £956,000 as part of a national investment of £450 million into England’s roads – the largest ever single cash injection of its kind.
The plans to provide the increase in funding were announced in the Budget in October and are set to come into effect before the impact of winter weather.
Chris Philp, Croydon South MP, believes the money will help give Croydon’s roads “vital maintenance”.
“This is an important boost for Croydon’s roads, which require vital maintenance and improvement work,” he said.
“The Minister for Transport (Jesse Norman) has stated that this money should be used for potholes, keeping local bridges and structures safe, and to help with minor highways works.
“It’s important that the council takes this guidance on board and ensures that the money is spent to benefit residents.
In July, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed that since the start of 2015, more than 18,000 potholes have been reported to Croydon Council.
Although the council refused to publish the exact cost of fixing potholes, due to “environmental regulations”, it did release statistics which show the sort of figure being spent.
In 2015 the cost of repairing potholes was between £160,000 and £230,000, while in 2016 the cost was between £140,000 and £210,000.
In 2017, the cost was between £110,000 and £180,000, while between January 1 and July 16 this year, the council has spent between £130,000 and £190,000.
The council added that in 2015 there were 5,084 potholes reported, in 2016 there were 5,586, in 2017 there were 3,693 and in 2018 there were 3,791.
Mr Philp added that many of his constituents have contacted him claiming their vehicles have been damaged due to potholes.
According to the MP, Beechwood Road, in Sanderstead is a road which is blighted by potholes.
“[This extra money] is very important,” added Mr Philp. “The Labour council has let the roads deteriorate shockingly by wasting money on non-front line services.
“This money is ring-fenced for road repairs and I urge the council to spent it as quickly as possible.”
A Croydon Council spokesman said: “We welcome any extra funding we receive and will make sure we put it to good use to keep our road network in the best possible condition, making our residents’ lives easier.
“This funding will help the council prepare for and react to the cold winter.”
Anyone who sees a pothole can report it by calling 020 8725 2816.