Leeds council to spend £1.7m to repair potholes but is it enough?

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 Leeds City Council says more than £1.7m will be spent on repairing and preventing potholes this year.

1 million a year is currently spent repairing potholes but a further £711,000 government cash has been set aside for pothole patching and prevention work.

The recent snow has led to an increase in potholes on roads across the country and motoring organisation the RAC says motorists face the long term consequences of broken up road surfaces for months and possibly years to come.

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A Leeds City Council spokesman, said:
“As a council we are allocating over £1m per year to tackling highways defects, which includes as a priority, addressing those potholes in need of quick and urgent repair across Leeds. When severe weather arrives it does have a real impact on our roads, with the result that more potholes are created.  Whilst every attempt is made to undertake work to make the potholes safe, we simply do not have the funding to carry out substantial repairs to every street.”

The government has said it is giving local authorities a record £296m this winter through the pothole action fund to repair crumbling roads.

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